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Local officials say Brexit could undermine food safety in U.K.

The Local Government Association of the United Kingdom is warning that food safety will be undermined when Brexit begins next year, and continuing forward, if federal authorities don’t take action to ensure uninterrupted access to multinational databases. The Local Government Association (LGA) represents 415 government entities, including 370 local councils in England and Wales. It is a cross-party organization… Continue Reading

UK High Court: 2010 Inquest into Boy’s E. Coli Death Will Stand

Ten years after the death of 5-year-old Mason Jones from E. coli O157:H7, Lord Justice of Appeal Patrick Elias has decided to let the 2010 inquest into the boy’s death stand. Elias found there was “no error in law” during the inquest in which William Tudor, owner of the Tudor and Sons butcher shop in Bridgend,… Continue Reading

38 Sickened in UK E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Prepackaged Salad

Health officials in England are tracking an outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to prepackaged salad that has sickened 38 people. The Verocytotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) cases were first identified in early August 2015 by whole genome sequencing. As of Sept. 3, the cluster includes 38 confirmed cases, with one additional probable case and four possible cases for… Continue Reading

Nine Hospitalized in British Salmonella Outbreak

British public-health investigators are tracking the source of a Salmonella outbreak which has put nine people in the hospital and sickened 57. Those who became ill range in age from an infant to an 87-year-old. The U.K. government’s Food Standards Agency reported Thursday that cooked ham from small independent butchers may be the source of… 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

London Restaurants Post Food Inspection Scores

Just before the 2012 Summer Olympics, restaurants in London are publicly posting their inspection ratings for the first time. It’s not an A-to-F letter grade like those now seen in many locations in the United States including New York City. Instead, England is using the 1-to-5 scale of its Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS). The… Continue Reading

Food Safety Advocate Nominated as ‘Mum of Year’

Sharon Mills, the mother of 5-year-old Mason Jones, who died in 2005 in the largest-ever E.  coli O157:H7 outbreak in Wales, has been nominated for Mum of the Year. Mills, 36, is being recognized for her efforts to improve food safety since losing her son. Mason became the face of the Wales outbreak, which sickened… Continue Reading