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UK Restaurant Manager, Chef Jailed After Deadly Food Poisoning Incident

Following a 2012 Christmas Day turkey dinner at a London-area pub that sickened approximately 33 people and may have killed one of them, the manager and chef were recently sentenced to jail terms. Chef Mehmet Kaya and Manager Ann-Marie McSweeney of the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch, Essex (east of London) were convicted of lying to… Continue Reading

UK to Seek ‘Urgent Specialist Advice’ for E. coli

The United Kingdom’s government-run health care system will be taking verocytotoxin-producing E. coli infection (VTEC) in children more seriously in the future. The UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) Monday said new guidelines will emphasize the need for primary care clinicians to seek “urgent specialist advice” whenever a child is reported to have had a single… Continue Reading

Listeria Strikes More Ethnic, Low Income Women

Pregnant women who come from ethnic backgrounds and low-income areas have a higher risk of infection from listeria food poisoning, according to research for the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency. The findings are contained in two studies published in the recent edition of Eurosurveillance. The studies found 1,510 cases of listeriosis in the UK between… Continue Reading

Anthrax Links Heroin Deaths In UK & Germany

The deaths of two heroin users, a recent one in England and another one last December in Germany, may be linked by anthrax. Tests carried out at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) and Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and Friedrich-Loeffler Institute (FLI) on the strain of anthrax isolated from a heroin user who… Continue Reading

HPA Probes E. coli in Travelers to Spain

One of Spain’s most important resorts on the western Mediterranean is infecting British travelers with E. coli O157:H7, the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) reported over the weekend. Spain’s resort of Benidorm is the common factor for up to 14 confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7, HPA reports.  British travelers are returning from the… Continue Reading

UK Investigating Salmonella in Eggs

In response to two deaths and nine recent outbreaks of Salmonella in the United Kingdom, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is launching a full investigation, the Telegraph reported Saturday. Since August 130 people in the United Kingdom have fallen ill and 3 have been hospitalized with the same strain of Salmonella linked to poultry and… Continue Reading