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     1   MR. MORRIS:  That was the originals as received.
     3   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  So there has been no obliteration that you
     4        are aware of, then?
     6   MR. MORRIS:  No.  It is exactly what I got from them.
     8   MR. RAMPTON:  It would be most unusual for a US government
     9        agency to send a letter to somebody in this country, a
    10        formal letter answering a formal request, without its usual
    11        seal, logo and address on it.
    13   MR. MORRIS:  All I can say is that we have two or three copies
    14        of this letter, for some reason.  I just assumed they were
    15        all the same.  It is possible one has a letterhead. I make
    16        absolutely no bones about it; we got this about six months
    17        ago.  I said yesterday, when I apologised for serving them
    18        late, that we had had the information for six months.
    19        I did not realise that hygiene was going to be such a
    20        problematic issue.
    22   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  What I suggest is that you have a look over
    23        the weekend to see if you have any copy which has any more
    24        on it, for whatever reason, than the one you have there.
    26   MR. MORRIS:  Yes.  This one is not signed either, so maybe
    27        I have a signed one.
    29   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Have a look and see what you can find.
    31   MR. MORRIS:  Can I also say -----
    33   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Hold on a moment.  In your anxiety to deal
    34        with that, you in fact interrupted Mr. Rampton.  So let him
    35        finish first, and then I will hear what you want to say.
    37   MR. RAMPTON:  I am perfectly content with the interruption.  If
    38        I am shown a real letter as opposed to copy letter, then my
    39        suspicions may evaporate.  I am interested to hear that the
    40        Defendants have had this letter, with its accompanying
    41        documents, for six months.  One can, in fact, tell that or
    42        deduce it, perhaps, from the last line of the second page
    43        where there is the date of 7th June 1994.  Sorry, it is
    44        American.  6th July.  The FSIS is the Federal -----
    46   MR. JUSTICE BELL:  Food Safety and Inspection Service.  That
    47        appears at the bottom of the first page.
    49   MR. RAMPTON:  That is right -- which organisation is the origin
    50        of all or most of the following documents.  I was able, 
    51        having spoken to Dr. Gomez Gonzalez last night, to 
    52        understand two things.  He can tell the court a certain 
    53        amount about these documents.  He has no direct knowledge
    54        of the facts involved in each of these cases, quite
    55        naturally.  Only three of them, I think, concern McDonald's
    56        products, anyway.
    58        There is a good deal of information to be obtained from the
    59        Inspection Service itself; also, obviously, from Tysons
    60        themselves.  These documents, having been served yesterday,

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