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”.
- BSE Inquiry – MLC tries to justify “beef is safe” claim, FWi, 30 September, 1998
- Ministers attempted to “hush up” BSE activists, FWi, 28 September, 1998
- “Meat firms ignored rules on BSE”, FWi, 23 September, 1998
- Abattoirs ignored BSE safeguards, FWi, 22 September, 1998
- MAFF was “over-confident” on BSE health risk, FWi, 14 July, 1998
- Financial Times 09/10/98 page 9 (News Digest)