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Hugh Pennington

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

Our Ability to Cope With Foodborne Outbreaks Hasn’t Improved Much


(This article was initially published May 6, 2014, by The Conversation. Dr. Pennington is Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen.) On May 7, 1964, a catering-size can of corned beef from Rosario, Argentina, was opened in a supermarket in central Aberdeen. Half the contents were put on a shelf behind the cold… Continue Reading

E. coli Conference: Research Should Focus on the Source

The report from the so-called “supershedders” conference on the future of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) research — held recently in Scotland — is out. It identifies key knowledge gaps and recommends areas for future research. The workshop stemmed from the controversial 2005 E. coli outbreak in South Wales and was organized by the Food Standards… Continue Reading