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Published: 27 November 2003

240 Pages | 30 halftones, 10 line illus.

ISBN: 9780198525172

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When Food Kills

BSE, E. coli, and Disaster Science

T. Hugh Pennington

1996 was not a great year in Britain. Opening with a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) emerging as the human form of BSE--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, commonly known as Mad Cow's Disease--and closing with Britain's worst E.coli outbreak, in central Scotland. The "food scare" concept took on new meaning; as people died, so did trust in government and science. This book tells the story of these events, what led up to them, and what has happened since. The book's non-technical but authoritative account of the science behind these tragedies, its critical appraisal of the government's response, the coverage of the public's inquiries, and its analysis of the risks will be both stimulating and informative.

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