Red faces over red meatBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7083.769c (Published 15 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:769
- John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
The British government denied last week that it had suppressed a year old report by its own meat inspectors which stated that abattoirs had become breeding grounds for Escherichia coli.
When the report came to light in press leaks, ministers were wrongfooted by having to admit that they had not seen it. Neither had the report been passed to Professor Sir Hugh Pennington, who is heading the Scottish Office inquiry into the E coli outbreak in …