A BREWERY has been fined £5,100 after guests at a wedding reception
were struck down with a serious outbreak of food poising.
Young & Co's Brewery plc, who operate the Bull's Head in Chislehurst,
admitted to three food hygiene offences that caused 29 guests at a wedding to
Bromley Magistrates handed the company a £5,100 fine and costs of £4,531 on
May 14 after they heard that council Food Safety Officers investigated the
outbreak when guests at the wedding complained of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Nine cases were confirmed as campylobacter food poisoning which is usually
caused by undercooked chicken and causes symptoms from three to six days.
Paul Lehane, Bromley council's food safety manager said: "This was a
serious outbreak. Although the company had a substantial food safety
operating procedure, it still failed to identify risks from this type of high
risk food. The officers also found evidence that some foods had been
undercooked before this outbreak occurred and that the management had failed
to remedy the problem."
The officers found that the wedding reception menu contained homemade chicken
liver pate and a soft-centred chocolate pudding made from un-pasteurised
The paté had been cooked the previous day using a new cooker and was probably
undercooked as cooking times and temperatures had not been reassessed for the
A faulty fridge was also found to be in use in the kitchen.