Warnings of BSE risk ignored

09 October 1998

Warnings of BSE risk ignored

WARNINGS by environmental health officers about the risk from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) waste being used as fertiliser were ignored, the inquiry into BSE was told.

Two officials from Stafffordshire Moorlands district council told the inquiry that the waste came from a rendering plant that processes parts of cattle believed to carry the BSE agent.

But when the authority raised concerns with the agriculture ministry, replies were “often inadequate or dismissive”.

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