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Outbreak of Ecoli 0157 in Wales. Butcher Charged. Case Continues… - 09/07/2007
 
A South Wales butcher has pleaded not guilty in court to charges “in connection with a major E coli outbreak in 2005 which has left one boy dead and 160 people in hospital” (MTJ Extra July 2007). William Tudor, 55, of Cowbridge entered the plea during the first day of a hearing at Newport Crown Court. A trial date has been set for 15 October 2007. The case may run until Christmas.
A South Wales butcher has pleaded not guilty in court to charges “in connection with a major E coli outbreak in 2005 which has left one boy dead and 160 people in hospital” (MTJ Extra July 2007). William Tudor, 55, of Cowbridge entered the plea during the first day of a hearing at Newport Crown Court. A trial date has been set for 15 October 2007. The case may run until Christmas.

It will be alleged at the hearing that the outbreak, “which swept through schools in the Rhondda Valley”, had its sources at John Tudor and Son, butchers of Bridgend. The list of charges brought by Caerphilly County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council and Bridgend CBC included 6 charges of supplying meat contaminated with E coli 0157 to schools.

Other charges included:

• Premises, particularly raw meat-cutting areas, freezer, cooked meat area and walk-in chiller, not kept clean.
• Equipment, including band-saw, vacuum packer, scales, stainless-steel table, knife, and meat slicer, not kept clean.
• Food not protected from contamination during handling, storage, packaging, display, and transportation.
• Butcher’s licence requirements, in terms of cross-contamination, not complied with.

The case should make instructive viewing for pupils and teachers undertaking courses in citizenship.
 
 
 

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