Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is a disease of the nervous system in cows and is caused by proteins called prions infecting the brain. The disease affected the UK’s beef industry in the late 80s and early 90s, meaning it wasn't possible to export British beef for years.
Or what about Edwina Currie in 1988 when she was junior health minister in the UK, revealed that most eggs in Britain were infected with salmonella? Two weeks later, she was forced to resign. Nowadays Lion branded eggs are considered to be safe to eat by the elderly and pregnant.
What about bird flu? It hit the headlines in 2004 as a pandemic. The outbreak originated in Thailand and Vietnam and a large number of people died.
So what do you think about the latest scare regarding sugar? I used to live in Trinidad and saw the sugar cane growing in the fields. Is it not, therefore, a vegetable. What about maple syrup. Does it not come from a tree? Does that make it a vegetable?