Restaurant fined after salmonella outbreak
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Tuesday 7th July 2009
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A RESTAURANT at Bluewater
has been fined £21,000 after a salmonella outbreak caused serious sickness
Villa Pizza in the
Greenhithe shopping centre was fined at Medway Magistrates’ Court last
Tuesday (June 30) after admitting selling unsafe food.
The court heard that
seven customers came down with food poisoning after eating at the
restaurant in November 2006, with five having to be treated in hospital.
launched the prosecution after environmental health officers inspected the
restaurant and found traces of the potentially fatal bacteria in a
carbonara dish, with Spanish eggs found to be the source.
The court heard the
restaurant had failed to take steps to ensure the eggs were properly
sourced, or cook the carbonara mixture at an appropriate temperature.
Judge Michael Kelly
ordered Villa Pizza to pay £16,000 costs.
After the hearing, Dartford Council’s
portfolio holder for environmental health Councillor Steve Brown said the
conviction showed “the importance of food safety procedures being