A new cattle disease
This chapter discusses the initial emergence of BSE as a novel veterinary disease in the UK, and the process by which it came to be acknowledged officially. The initial response from MAFF to the emergence of BSE, involving first secrecy and then reassurances that were not based on sound science. The political and scientific conditions under which expert scientific advice was initially recruited are outlined, emphasizing how the severe limitations of scientific knowledge about risks to human health and the policy dilemmas this raised, complicated the tensions between MAFF and the Department of Health (DoH).
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