Listeria

BreakingListeria outbreak sandwich firm 'goes into liquidation'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A food supplier linked to a listeria outbreak says it is to go into liquidation, with the loss of 125 jobs, just two days after being told it could restart production.

The Good Food Chain base
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On Wednesday, the Food Standards Agency said the Good Food Chain in Stone, Staffordshire, was no longer part of its investigation into the source of the outbreak, which has been linked to the deaths of five hospital patients.

The company had voluntarily ceased manufacturing on 5 June but today said that move had been "too great for the business to remain viable".

BreakingSandwich maker 'no longer focus of listeria probe'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A Staffordshire-based sandwich producer linked to a fatal listeria outbreak is being allowed to restart production, after the Food Standards Agency said it was no longer part of its investigation into the source of the outbreak.

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The Good Food Chain, which operates from Stone, had withdrawn products and halted production after the outbreak was confirmed earlier this month.

But today, the agency's said, after extensive testing by Stafford Borough Council, the firm's no longer part of its inquiry and it's focusing on suppliers further up the food supply chain.

Five people have died after nine cases were confirmed at eight NHS trusts.

Listeria death pensioner named

A pensioner whose death has been linked to the listeria outbreak at UK hospitals has been named.

Manchester Royal Infirmary
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Enid Heap, 84, from Beswick, Manchester, was admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary in March this year.

She had been suffering breathing difficulties, Manchester Coroner's Court heard on Friday.

Nigel Meadows, senior coroner for Manchester, was told that Mrs Heap died on 6 May with her family at her bedside.

Listeria outbreak: Call for swift inquiry to find cause

An investigation into a fatal outbreak of listeria's being urged to swiftly find out how the bacteria got into contaminated sandwiches supplied to hospitals across England.

Today, the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed eight hospitals had reported cases linked to salads and/or sandwiches supplied by the Good Food Chain, which is based in Stone, Staffordshire.

The Good Food Chain in Stone, Staffordshire
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Stone's Conservative MP, Sir Bill Cash, told the Commons he understood the firm had been supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats.

He urged Mr Hancock to find the exact cause and "exonerate the Good Food Chain if in fact that is the case".

The health secretary admitted it was a supply issue and "there's a complex supply chain in operation", adding that the investigation would be "full and thorough".

The food involved has been withdrawn and the Good Food Chain has previously said it's co-operating fully with authorities, also adding that it hoped the inquiry would be pursued with "urgency".

It added: "The underlying cause of it remains unclear."