Woks Cooking Salmonella Outbreak

Published on: Monday, 12-October-2015

The previous owner of Woks Cooking takeaway in Kirkby has pleaded guilty to charges of placing unsafe food on the market which was injurious to health and unfit for human consumption.

The case, heard at Liverpool Magistrates Court on Friday 9 October 2015, resulted in a fine of on the defendant of £2000 and the judge has ordered costs of £10,012 to be paid to Knowsley Council.

Following an extensive investigation by Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health team, poor hygiene practices at the premises were identified as a significant contributing factor to the salmonella outbreak in July 2014. This resulted in 33 people confirmed as suffering from the illness as a result of consuming food from the premises.

At the time of the outbreak, the council took formal action to close Woks Cooking and remove any further risk to the public and the Environmental Health team worked with colleagues in Public Health England to investigate the outbreak.

In August 2014 the takeaway reopened under a new operator. This followed a considerable amount of guidance and advice from the council’s Environmental Health team, installation of new equipment and a review and change to food preparation practices.

In September 2014, the council carried out a full food hygiene inspection and the takeaway continues to comply with food safety and hygiene regulations.

Cllr Bob Swann, Knowsley’s Lead Member for Environment said: “This was a significant case of salmonella poisoning which was linked to a national outbreak. Whilst the owner had no intention of causing any harm, the case does highlight the importance of controlling and preventing any cross contamination of food and ensuring full traceability of all food supplies.

“The new owner of Woks Cooking has made significant changes to promote and sustain good working practices and the business is now fully compliant with all food safety and hygiene requirements.”