Tag Archives: Salmonella

Kebab Shop owner sniffs uncooked chicken in worst London Salmonella outbreak

A kebab shop boss whose Shepherd’s Bush premises were the source of the worst salmonella outbreak in London for at least 15 years was spared jail on Tuesday. Mohammed Shafique, 49, who ran the Shahi Nan shop in Uxbridge Road, admitted to food hygiene breaches which caused the poisoning of 72 people, aged between five and 72. Isleworth Crown Court heard at least 22 victims had to be treated in hospital and were kept in for an average of four days. Shafique, who took over the shop in 2001, told health inspectors he sniffed the uncooked chicken deliveries to check they were safe to eat. His premises was first visited in September 2009 after reports emerged that 17 people had visited St Mary’s and Charing Cross Hospitals with food poisoning. The numbers rose to 72 between September 9-18 – in the previous month there had been just 15 reported salmonella cases in the whole country. Officials found traces of the bug on a light switch and in the fridge, where raw produce was stored next to cooked food, but the exact cause of the outbreak was never located. Shafique, who admitted to four food hygiene breaches and failing to comply with EU regulations, was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and to pay £10,000 in fines, £1,000 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Duck Egg Legislation

Those of you who have been following the whole saga of Salmonella food poisoning in duck eggs  last summer, which looks set to return with the current warm weather, maybe interested in legislation to control Salmonella in duck eggs which the Irish Government have introduced since the last outbreak. It can be found on the Attorney General’s website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.ie/esi/2010/B28045.pdf

For general information  on the safe handling of duck eggs is available on the FSAI website or from Goodrich Training & Consultancy.

Have a Quacking Easter

duck eggs in a nest

duck eggs

Have a cracking Easter and enjoy the eggs. However, it may be a good idea to steer clear of duck eggs for now. A new health warning has been issued in  relation to duck eggs, with two new cases of Salmonella typhimurium being reported in the last month. This follows on from 18 cases of Salmonella typhimurium DT8 associated with duck eggs last year and the Minister for Agriculture introducing new measures to control Salmonella in duck eggs.  It would seem that fears that the infection would reappear once the laying season recommenced with longer days and warmer temperatures were well founded.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have produced a useful guideline for small duck egg producers: http://www.fsai.ie/uploadedFiles/Food_Businesses/Topics_of_Interest_to_Food_Businesses/Guidance%20for%20producers%20of%20small%20quantities%20of%20duck%20eggs%20%20Final%20%2013%20Sept%2010.pdf

and advice to users: http://www.fsai.ie/details.aspx?id=9990&terms=duck+eggs