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Pub staff imprisoned for falsifying food records

Corin Williams04/02/2015 - 14:00

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Railway Hotel, Hornchurch
Railway Hotel, Hornchurch

Two pub employees who were found guilty of ‘making up’ food safety records after a poisoning outbreak killed a diner have been given prison sentences for perverting the course of justice.

The owning company, Mitchell and Butlers, was also fined £1.5m for placing unsafe food on the market.

Havering Council launched an investigation when 33 customers were made ill and one died after eating dinner at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch on Christmas day 2012.

In December last year former pub manager Ann-Marie McSweeney, of Suttons Avenue, Hornchurch, and former head chef Mehmet Kaya, of Water Lane, Purfleet, were found guilty of falsifying food safety records.

EHOs discovered that records relating to cooking and cooling turkey meat had been ‘made up’.

A year-long investigation found illnesses were was caused by clostridium perfringens bacteria, due to the turkey meat not being cooked adequately or not reheated properly.

Sentencing took place on 23 January. Ms McSweeney was handed a jail term of 18 months and Mr Kaya 12 months. Both were ordered to pay £100 in costs.

Mitchells and Butlers PLC was also ordered to pay £227,500 in costs for placing unsafe food on the market in addition to its fine.

Osman Dervish, the council’s cabinet member for regulatory services, said: ‘Firstly, our condolences go out to the Callagher Family, who have been in court throughout the trial.

‘We hope that this morning’s result will act as an impetus for all food providers, both local and across the country, to ensure that their food hygiene regimes are thorough and robust.’

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