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Claiming that Britain’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food favoured farmers over consumers “would be totally wrong”, the BSE inquiry heard last week. Keith Meldrum, chief veterinary officer at MAFF until April 1997, was responding to critics who have suggested the ministry failed to make public health its top priority. Meldrum provoked further controversy when he declined to provide a tape of a discussion about BSE with researchers at the University of Surrey, on the grounds it included “personal” comments about members of his family and colleagues. As New Scientist went to press,
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