Re: This whole topic is mired by pseudo science - on both sides
"remembering that NOTHING is completely "safe" - ask Edwina"
Two years later (1990) John Gummer - then the Minister for Agriculture in that government - publically fed his daughter a hamburger before the potential transmission path of human CJD from BSE (mad cow) disease was fully realised.
Evaluation of comparative risks is often difficult. The human mind is prone to confirmation bias. People also often choose to fear the least probable risk - while ignoring a much more probable one.