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Crown won’t prosecute Errington Cheese for 3 year old’s death

Based on the existing evidence, the Crown Office announced Monday it would not prosecute Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd. or its owners for the death of a 3-year old girl in September 2016. A criminal prosecution is still possible if new evidence becomes available and the authorities may conduct a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). The death came… Continue Reading

Errington cheese back on sale despite Scottish warning, death

One of Scotland’s Errington Cheese Ltd.  products returned to the market earlier this week against the wishes of the country’s top food safety agency. Sales of the Errington cheeses were banned in September because of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that sickened 26 people and caused the death of a three-year-old child. After getting the… Continue Reading

FSA releases food incident details for final quarter of 2016

In the final quarter of 2016, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom issued 34 food notices, including 17 for allergy alerts. Milk, nuts and gluten were the top three undeclared allergens named. In its wrap-up for the October to December quarter, FSA reported food notices include information on investigations the agency supported that… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland continues ban on Errington Cheeses

There have been more chapters written in the saga of a Scottish cheesemaker fighting for the survival of its premier brands after they were linked to 22 E. coli illnesses and the death of a 3-year-old girl from Dunbartonshire. In official action, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has revised the Food Alert for Action (FAFA), originally… Continue Reading

Scotland bans sales by Errington Cheese amid deadly outbreak

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and an associated recall have both expanded in Scotland. As a result, Errington Cheese Ltd. must destroy cheese worth at least $334,000, while a top E. coli expert questions whether health officials are “over-interpreting scientific evidence.” The addition of two more confirmed cases brings the number of ill people in the outbreak… Continue Reading

Food Standards Scotland declares E. coli outbreak officially over

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a statement on its involvement with a multi-agency Incident Management Team (IMT), chaired by Health Protection Scotland, which had been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 in Scotland. FSS announced that the team “has stood down” as of Sept. 5, when it declared the outbreak over, and that FSS… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Watch for Pink Chicken and ‘Microwave Burritos’

Opinion

Most days news of the food safety variety is alarming at best and tragic at worst, so it is with tremendous pleasure that I can share a couple of stories that crossed my screen in recent days. They left the office cat staring blankly, yet defensively, as I chuckled at Google news alerts. ‘Nothing spoils… Continue Reading

Scotland reports declines in campylobacter contamination rates

Both the number of raw chickens sold at retail showing campylobacter contamination and the number with the highest level of contamination are showing improvement, according to Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Campylobacter remains the most common cause of food borne illness in throughout the United Kingdom, and FSS research has shown that a significant proportion of… Continue Reading