need a two-pronged approach to avoid another E.coli outbreak’
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14 2009 by Abby
Alford, South Wales Echo
PROFESSOR Hugh Pennington, who conducted the public
inquiry into the E.coli O157 outbreak, is to tell fellow experts that a
two-pronged approach must be taken to prevent future cases.
He will tell a Royal Society for Public Health
Conference in London next month that the lessons learned and then
forgotten after the Wishaw outbreak in Scotland – into which he also
conducted an inquiry – must be remembered this time.
Both the Scottish and Welsh outbreaks were caused
by the fundamental failure of butchers to prevent cross contamination
between raw and cooked meats.
Prof Pennington will also claim all the laws needed
to prevent a serious outbreak are in place but need to be implemented and
“Tudor was the villain of the piece, but it wasn’t
spotted that he was running an unsafe business,” said Prof Pennington.
“Here in the UK we have more cases of E.coli O157
per head of population than any other country in the world.
“The tools are in place to tackle the problem, but
the authorities have really just got to get their houses in order to make
sure they are doing all the things necessary to stop E.coli getting into
the food chain.”