16 July 1998
MP backs OP theory
CONSERVATIVE MP Teresa Gorman has claimed that organophosphates could be to blame for new variant CJD, which has been linked to BSE, and called for an urgent public inquiry into the effects of OP use.
She claimed that the taxpayers £3.5bn BSE bill could be the most monumental waste of money in the history of political cock-ups because there was a strong possibility that OP pesticides – which were used to control warble fly in cattle – were to blame for the disease.
That theory has been highlighted for years by Somerset organic producer Mark Purdey.
Mrs Gorman suggested that the symptoms of nvCJD and the symptoms of OP poisoning were similar.