Media coverage had shortlived effect on beef consumption by pregnant women

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.171a (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:171
  1. Sue Wilson,
  2. Sandy Mcleod,
  3. Anne Gillies,
  4. Yvonne Carter
  1. Research fellow Research associate Clinical research fellow Department of General Practice, Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT
  2. Professor Department of General Practice and Primary Care, St Bartholomew's and Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London EC1M 6BQ

    EDITOR,—K D Gunasekera and colleagues comment on the public recognition of scientific uncertainty about the risk of developing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease after eating beef.1 Their conclusion is supported by our data, which indicate that although almost three quarters of women stopped eating beef in the week after the media coverage of the scare, this reaction was short lived.

    A study collecting information about folic acid supplementation by pregnant women is also collecting dietary information,2 asking about food eaten in the past week; information is collected …

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