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BSE and CJD: Chronology of a crisis
Lord Phillips

1988: Food chain concern

The government sets up the Southwood Working Party to look into concerns that BSE is entering the human food chain.

The chairman, Sir Richard Southwood, believed that BSE was probably transmitted to cattle following changes in the preperation of animal feed in the late 1970's.

A ban on the use of meat and bone meal feed is brought in along with a slaughter policy for all affected cattle. The use of milk for human consumption from suspect cows is also banned.

In October it was reported in the Veterinary Record that BSE could be transmitted to mice following the innoculation of infected brain tissue. Two months later BSE is officially designated a zoonosis, a disease that could be passed from animals to humans.

UK BSE cases: 2,225

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