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Report on BSE measures

Title
Report on BSE measures
Genre
News report; Interview; Vox pop
TX Date
25 Mar 1996
Year of production
1996
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Duration
00:04:11
Description
Malcolm Brown wrap. The experts advising the Government about the BSE crisis spent the weekend in conference at Sunningdale in Berkshire. The scientists’ recommendations are being passed on to ministers this morning and a Commons statement is expected later. The fast food chain McDonald’s this weekend banned British beef from its burgers, UK Chief Executive Paul Preston citing customer pressure. Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell says the EU should consider the issue carefully. Shoppers give their views. One solution to the crisis of confidence could be the selective slaughter of cattle, an option left open by Agriculture Minister Douglas Hogg. But Ian Gardiner of the National Farmers Union says calls for the entire 12 million-strong British herd to be destroyed are ridiculous. Labour’s Agriculture spokesman Gavin Strang acknowledges that there is an issue of trust in the Government. Accusations of government mishandling are rejected by Margaret Thatcher’s former press secretary, Sir Bernard Ingham.
Contributors
Gavin Strang; Ian Gardiner; Stephen Dorrell; Bernard Ingham; Malcolm Brown; Paul Preston
Keywords
Government; Health; Exports; British; Restaurants; Meat; Food; Illness; EU; Transmission; CJD; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; Animal products; BSE; Bovine spongiform encephalopathy; McDonald’s

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