FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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Chewing the fat with drivers
Karen English, driving for West Country operator Gregory Distribution of North Tawton has no doubts where her loyalties lie. "Give up something that's British? You must be joking! Anyway, I'm a mad enough cow already," she laughs. As a driver, she says she worries more about eating an excess of chips than beef. Although parked at South Mimms she intends to eat at a Granada truckstop to take advantage of a meal voucher promotion. Given the choice, her culinary vote goes to a "really nice steak and mushroom pie" served at Roadchef. She has had steak once this week, at Welcome Break, and roast beef for Sunday dinner. "I want to know when they're going to slaughter the Continental herd," she says. "They've got BSE over there but they call it 'staggers'." She hasn't considered becoming a vegetarian then? "If we were supposed to be eating seeds, God would have given us beaks." She worries about the effect of the crisis on her firm which has a contract to carry processed meat from a Cornish abattoir and has seen the number of loads diminish. It also carries dairy products, which have not yet been affected. She believes too much is made of BSE: "People get killed by road accidents and by alcoholl we worried about all the risks in life we'd never get out of bed. I could electrocute myself doing the ironing, but they haven't banned that, have they?"