Beef was not “perfectly safe”

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 07 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1273
  1. John Warden
  1. parliamentary correspondent, BMJ

    Sir Donald Acheson, who was chief medical officer for England at the start of the epidemic of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) 10 years ago, has admitted that government assurances that British beef was safe to eat should have been qualified.

    “In retrospect, statements should have acknowledged an element of uncertainty due to incomplete knowledge,” Sir Donald states in his written evidence …

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