Source of Article: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/cardiff-news/2008/09/03/uk-owes-it-to-mason-jones-to-take-e-coli-seriously-warns-expert-91466-21665005/
Professor Hugh Pennington, who is
leading the inquiry into the 2005
In a talk called Groundhog Day
Again, he will tell world food safety experts tomorrow that there were strong
similarities between the South Wales outbreak, which killed five-year-old Deri schoolboy Mason and the
Prof Pennington told the Echo:
“We have been quite good at learning lessons from outbreaks of infectious
diseases but also very good at forgetting them. In the
“We owe it to people like Mason Jones to do our utmost to stop it.”
The 2005 South Wales Valleys E.coli O157 outbreak affected more than 150 people across
Bridgend, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon
The source was traced to the John Tudor & Son meat plant in Bridgend, which supplied hundreds of schools in the Valleys with cooked meats.
Owner William Tudor was sentenced to 12 months in jail in 2007 after admitting breaching food hygiene rules and supplying contaminated meats to schools.
The ongoing E.coli inquiry has heard there was a serious risk of cross contamination between raw and cooked meats because just one vacuum packer was in use at Tudor’s factory in Bridgend Industrial Estate.
The 1996 Wishaw outbreak was traced to cross contamination of meat sold by award-winning butcher John Barr – he used the same knives for raw and cooked meats.
Prof Pennington, who will give
his talk at the
“Unless we have top-rate food safety systems in place in all businesses handling products that could be infected with E.coli, we will still have these outbreaks.”
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