November 17, 1990. It will be at least another generation before the full significance of the cattle disease BSE to human health becomes apparent, according to a public health specialist. Dr Derek Robinson, Shropshire's director of public health, says in his annual report that mad cow diesease stemmed from the flouting by the agricultural industry of basic controls over cross-infection. He adds that the significance of the epidemic for humans remains completely unknown. Confident statements by experts with opposing viewpoints remain unbacked by scientific evidence. {{COUNTERPOINT }}