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…

Bagged-Salad_406x250Health 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…

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…

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…

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.

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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 …

Butcher William John Tudor sold rotten meat for years, according to testimony in a coroner’s inquest in Wales this week, but that did not lead to a verdict against him for unlawful killing.

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Instead, Gwent coroner David Bowen said five-year old Mason Jones’ death during the 2005 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in Wales was …

Ramazan Asian, former owner of the Llay Fish Bar in northern Wales, must appear before the town magistrate’s court on Sept. 23, the Wrexham Council has ordered.

The Llay Fish Bar, which sold fish and chips for take-out, was associated with a July 2009 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that infected four people, including a …

Scientists at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences launched a £460,000 Improved Food Safety research project at the Royal Welsh Show on July 19.  The project’s aim is to reduce the incidence of meat contamination in slaughterhouses, or abattoirs.

“One potential source of contamination in abattoirs is when micro-organisms in waste material…