Food Law News - UK - 2007

FSA News Item, 7 September 2007

HYGIENE Outcome of Court Case: Sentencing of John Tudor

The Agency has noted the outcome of the prosecution brought by Bridgend, Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf local authorities against William John Tudor of John Tudor & Son, Bridgend. Mr Tudor, who was jailed for a year at Cardiff Crown Court today, pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to the supply of meat contaminated with E.coli O157 to schools within the local authorities' areas.

Commenting on the case, Joy Whinney, Director of FSA Wales, said, 'Putting public health first must be paramount for all food businesses and failure to do so can, as this case has shown, have tragic consequences. The Agency is pleased that this prosecution has come to conclusion and acknowledges the work done by the three local authorities in bringing forward this case. It serves as a reminder to food businesses of the need to be vigilant and meet their responsibilities.'

The Agency was a member of the Outbreak Control Team, together with Officers of the Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil , Caerphilly and Bridgend local authorities, Rhondda Cynon Taf Local Health Board and the National Public Health Service of Wales.

The team's report into the outbreak is due to be published shortly.

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