E. coli update: FSA to consider Pennington report
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Food safety bosses said they needed time to consider
the conclusions of Professor Hugh Pennington's report into the South Wales
In a statement issued today, The Food Standards
Agency said: “The report of the Public Inquiry is a comprehensive document
and the Agency will review it in detail. This issue will be discussed
further at the Agency's open Board meeting in April.
“Public health is the number one priority of the Food
Standards Agency and the Meat Hygiene Service. The Agency was established
in 2000 to protect consumers and we welcome any steps taken to support us
in this aim. Since 2000, cases of food-borne illness have dropped by almost
20%. The Agency remains committed to continuing this work.
“The outbreak of E.coli in Wales in 2005 was a grave,
but unusual, event and the report of the independent Public Inquiry is
valuable in understanding the chain of events that led to the outbreak.
“Everyone involved in the production and distribution
of food has a role to play in ensuring food safety – from food producers to
people in their homes. When rare outbreaks such as this occur, we must
learn from them and further strengthen our systems.”