Opposition from food retailers was one of the main reasons why vaccinations were not used during the foot and mouth crisis, according to former agriculture minister Nick Brown. The minister responsible for overseeing the control strategy during the 2001 FMD outbreak told the European Parliament inquiry into the impact of the disease that a different approach would be adopted in the future. In particular, it is likely that limited use may be made of vaccination despite the opposition of farming and the food industry interests. Brown argued that there was a strong case for localised vaccination in the immediate area surrounding an outbreak, but nonetheless there were serious potential disadvantages. "Some elements of the food industry were not prepared to put vaccinated produce into the chain," he said. "Our retailers were clear. They would be unwilling to stock a product their customers would regard as inferior." On disposal, Brown said government would ensure it had adequate alternatives to burning, such as rendering and burial. Pictures of pyres had damaged Britain's international image, he said. {{NEWS }}