BSE and vCJD: Their biology and management
BSE and vCJD: Their biology and management

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BSE and vCJD: Their biology and management

11 The official inquiries

In December 1997, the UK government announced the Public Inquiry into BSE that was to be chaired by Lord Justice Phillips. Public hearings commenced in March 1998 and eventually concluded in December 1999. The Report of the BSE Inquiry was delivered to the Secretaries of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and for Health and published in October 2000. Having published an interim response in February 2001, the government's final response to the report was published in September 2001. As we saw earlier in the course, the BSE Inquiry concluded that the disease probably originated in cattle in South-West England during the 1970s or early 1980s. A Committee chaired by Professor Gabriel Horn was then asked to carry out a rapid review specifically into the origins of BSE. The Horn Committee published its report in July 2001, concluding that scrapie could not be ruled out as the source of BSE. [C D]

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