UK: Birmingham caterer closed after 44 police
officers get food poisoning
July 2009 17:02)
A Birmingham catering firm has been shut
down by environmental health officers after 44 police officers
suffered food poisoning.
Meal Machine was closed by Birmingham City Council under Food Hygiene regulations as a result of concerns
over cleanliness and cross-contamination of foods.
The officers were in Birmingham City Centre to marshal a demonstration on 4
July when they were struck down with symptoms including severe diarrhoea and
vomiting. Several were taken to hospital suffering from dehydration.
A West Midlands police spokesman told the
Birmingham Mail that the sickness was suspected of being “food poisoning as a
result of packed lunches issued to the officers” and the matter had been
referred to environmental health officers.
A spokesman for the environmental health department at Birmingham City
Council said: “Meal Machine, in Mount Street, Nechells, was closed under Food
Hygiene in England Regulations 2006.
“It was implicated in the food poisoning incident. A schedule of work has
been issued and it will remain shut until that is completed.”
The decision followed checks into processes and procedures, including “food
handling, cross contamination, temperature control and general cleanliness”.
Andy Gilbert, chairman of West Midlands Police Federation said: “The
environmental health investigation is still on-going.
“The toxicology results from various hospitals have been sent off. We are now
waiting for the outcome of the investigation before we take our next step.”