In September 2005, the largest E. coli O157 outbreak ever seen in Wales occurred. There were 157 cases meeting the case definition of which 118 were microbiologically confirmed.
Professor Pennington carried out a full report into the outbreak and this was published in March 2009. Both the full report and summary can be found in the attachments area below.
The only procurement recommendation to come from the report is that food businesses supplying high risk foods should undergo independent, unannounced, third party hygiene audits. In order to satisfy this recommendation, Value Wales encourages organisations to utilise the Third Party Hygiene Audit framework with STS. For more information on this contact Karen Coombs at Value Wales on 01792 765838.
More information about E. coli O157 is available via the external link below.
It is law for food suppliers to have a written food safety management system in place based on HACCP principles AND for traceability to be established at all stages of the food chain.