E coli inquiry calls for stricter laws on selling meat

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 25 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:247
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Wide ranging measures have been proposed to improve the safety of food in Britain after one of the world's worst outbreaks of Escherichia coli food poisoning, which killed 17 people in central Scotland and affected a further 400.

    The source of the outbreak was identified as a butcher's shop in the Lanarkshire town of Wishaw which had supplied contaminated cooked meat products to a number of retail outlets in the surrounding area (7 December, p 1424). A government inquiry set up to examine the outbreak has recommended that legislation be introduced to improve the way meat is sold to the public.

    The inquiry team's interim report says that a national licensing system is needed to ensure that hygiene standards are being met in shops where both raw and cooked meats are sold. It is proposed that …

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