Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) material

Scope and Content

Much of the material presented here postdates the Inquiry and was assembled by Ferguson-Smith for his continuing interest in BSE, its relation to vCJD and his theory about its possible origin from a bovine prion gene mutation.

Administrative / Biographical History

The BSE Inquiry was announced in December 1997 and set up in January 1998, "to establish and review the history of the emergence and identification of BSE and new variant CJD (vCJD) in the United Kingdom, and of the action taken in response to it up to 20 March 1996; to reach conclusions on the adequacy of that response, taking into account the state of knowledge at the time; and to report on these matters to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State for Health and the Secretaries of State for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland". The Members of the Committee of the Inquiry were Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers (Chair), Mrs June Bridgeman and Ferguson-Smith. It reported in 2000 (the Phillips Report) and included some criticisms of the scientific and the Government response to the crisis.


Chronological within record series. The files described below are arranged into separate folders which contain loose pages of correspondence and other papers, reports, and articles.

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