First Mad Cow Warning
Came 7 Years Ago In
England - It Was Ignored

The BSE Inquiry resumes in London after its summer recess and it is expected to hear evidence from a leading government scientist who says a recommendation that a computerised cattle data base be set up in 1991 was ignored.
The absence of this cattle register had proved the main obstacle to lifting the European Union ban on British beef exports.
As well as hearing about the ignored advice, the inquiry will consider evidence from top civil servants, industry bosses and relatives of some of the new variant CJD victims.
The list of witnesses to be called to the hearing in Lambeth, north London, includes the government's chief medical officer, Dr Kenneth Calman.
In 1994, Dr Calman attacked "irresponsible" newspaper reports claiming that a teenager might have caught CJD after eating a contaminated burger.
Senior MAFF scientist Dr Peter Bunyan, who in 1991 recommended "the urgent establishment of a National Cattle Data Centre", is due to give evidence on Wednesday.
In his statement to the inquiry, Dr Bunyan says his recommendation seven years ago "was not attractive to the ministry".
Nearly destroyed British beef industry
He adds: "The approach was subsequently adopted in Northern Ireland, with demonstrable recent benefit to their export trade."
Other high-ranking officials due to appear are former chief medical officer Sir Donald Acheson, former permanent secretary at the Department of Health, Sir Christopher France, and former chief veterinary officer, Mr Howard Rees.
The inquiry, which was set up to review the emergence and response to BSE and CJD, will hear from government ministers, who served during the height of the crisis, in November and December.
The outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy nearly destroyed the British beef industry.
The disease was diagnosed in 1984 but it took two years for cases to be recognised.
By 1993 more than 3,500 new cases were diagnosed each month.
When a link was announced in 1996 between BSE and the human form, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), beef sales plummeted.
Consumers have been hit by further confusion this week after government BSE expert Professor Jeffrey Almond warned there was a "distinct possibility" that BSE existed among Britain's flock of 42 million sheep.
But the Government has stressed there is no scientific evidence of BSE in sheep.
The inquiry, which started in March under the chairmanship of Appeal Court judge Sir Nicholas Phillips, resumes after a four week break.
Former chief veterinary officer Howard Rees is scheduled to give evidence on Thursday.