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UK government bans sale of beef on the bone

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7122.1559c (Published 13 December 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1559
  1. John Warden
  1. London

    New restrictions on beef to keep bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) out of the food chain are being imposed by the British government in response to fresh scientific evidence of infectivity. Tissue of the dorsal root ganglia within the spinal column is now suspect. As a result, a ban will be imposed on beef sold “on the bone,” such as T bone steaks.

    In addition, the government is considering a public inquiry into the whole BSE episode, going back to the early 1980s, when British cattle were fed sheep protein probably contaminated by scrapie. …

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