Beef and beer are booming in Great Britain, says a survey by the National Statistics and the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food.

Home beef and veal consumption jumped 20% last year to surpass levels achieved in 1995, just before bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was linked to New Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.

It had been feared last year's continental Europe BSE outbreak would hit consumption in Great Britain.

Poultry rose 7%, mutton and lamb fell 3% and pork consumption dropped although price rises meant expenditure rose.

Alcoholic drinks for home consumption rose 13%. Beer climbed 10%, lagers and continental beers, 22% and wine 9%.

Tea consumption increased 6% and confectionery 20%.