9 sickened; owner of Cardiff kebab shop jailed after E. coli outbreak

The owner of a Cardiff takeaway has, according to BBC News, been jailed for eight months following an outbreak of E. coli.

Diar Wali Ali admitted at Cardiff magistrates’ court to 23 food hygiene offences and was jailed on Monday.

In August 2011, nine customers fell ill with food poisoning after visiting the Adonis Kebab House in City Road, Roath.

The takeaway was closed for two weeks while inspections were carried adonis.kebab.takeawayout and the council was satisfied the risks had been removed.

Councillor Derek Morgan, chair of Cardiff council’s public protection committee, said people had a right to eat safe food and certain levels of hygiene.

“However, where poor hygiene practices and substandard conditions are found, we take immediate action to safeguard public health,” he said.

“I hope this case helps to show how seriously we take this commitment and demonstrate that, where appropriate, we will use the full force of the law to ensure food safety regulations are met.”

Welsh E. coli kebab toll rises to 13, calls increase for mandatory restaurant inspection disclosure

WalesOnline reports a further six people are being monitored by public health experts investigating an outbreak of deadly E.coli O157 in Cardiff.

The outbreak control team last night said the number of confirmed cases remained at seven – one person is still seriously ill in hospital after developing symptoms.

The Adonis Kebab House, City Road, which is at the heart of the outbreak, also remains closed more than a week after Cardiff council shut it as a “precautionary measure”.

Consumer Focus Wales last night urged people to check the hygiene scores of their local restaurants and takeaways following the outbreak.

The Adonis Kebab House had a hygiene rating of one (out of a possible five), but that score was only publicized online. A new law proposed by the Welsh Government will mean food businesses are required to display their rating.

Disclosure should be mandatory, otherwise, why bother.

Cardiff kebab house closed after E. coliO157 leaves 1 in hospital, 4 others sick

A city kebab house has been closed following an outbreak of E.coli in Cardiff, affecting five people, one of who has been hospitalised.

Two further cases are under investigation but the person taken to hospital was said to be recovering.

Dr Gwen Lowe, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health Wales and chairwoman of the Multi-agency Outbreak Control Team, said the Adonis Kebab House, City Road, Cardiff, had been closed by Cardiff Council on August 11, while investigations were carried out. Dr Lowe said letters have been sent to GPs and out of hours services across South East Wales to alert them to the situation.

Don’t go to work if you’re sick – Cardiff pub edition

In April 2007, 135 patrons of the Ffynnon Wen pub in Cardiff, Wales, became sick with norovirus.

Public health types have just published a report, concluding that sick staff likely had returned to work too soon after being ill and were still infectious, unintentionally contaminating customers’ food.

Don’t go to work if you’re sick.

Simon Royal, one of the food poisoning victims, is not happy. He plans to sue Marston’s Inns and Taverns, the company that owns the Ffynnon Wen in Thornhill, Cardiff, and criticized local council for taking so long to publish a full report into the outbreak.

The official report has recommended the council does not take legal action against the pub or the manager because of “insufficient evidence collected during the investigation.”

Investigators discovered two staff members who had suffered from a stomach bug could have returned to work within 48 hours and before they were fully symptom-free, in contravention of the company’s fitness-to-work policy.

Policies are nice, but only if they are enforced.

Hygiene horrors in Cardiff, Wales takeout restaurants

Bill Marler’s going to London, and if he gets to Wales, beware the Cardiff takeaway.

The South Wales Echo reports that cockroaches, dirt, poor personal hygiene and congealed fat are just some of the shocking  details uncovered in health inspector reports on kebab shops and chippies in Caroline Street.

Hundreds of hungry revellers regularly use the street, widely known as Chip Alley (below), after nights out on the town.

But the most recent kitchen hygiene inspection reports, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show the street’s takeaways broke food safety regulations more than 70 times.