The Food Standards Agency is to start public consultation until the beginning of November on its draft report of BSE controls.Sir John Krebs, Chairman of the Agency, said: " The protection of the public has been the guiding principle of this review. The evidence is that the current controls, which are based on a precautionary approach, are working. But, because of the high level of uncertainty, the review suggeststhat the current approach be retained in the immediate future subject toemerging scientific knowledge." In the light of the serious consequences of BSE for the human population it is right that this review is subject to extensive consultation and scrutiny before reaching its final recommendations."The full report is available from