Experts from the North East Public Health England (PHE) Centre and Stockton Council environmental health team have concluded their investigation into an outbreak of salmonella at the Anson Farm pub in Thornaby earlier this year.
A total of 98 cases of salmonella were reported in people who had eaten at the pub between April 26 and May 20.
Dr Peter Acheson, consultant in health protection at the PHE North East Centre, said: “The outbreak control team has concluded that the source of the infection in customers and staff could not be decided with certainty, though the most plausible conclusion is that the organism was introduced via a foodstuff and then spread by cross contamination in the premises.”
Stockton Council will continue to investigate and consider food safety enforcement issues at the premises.
Following the outbreak, The Anson Farm had its food hygiene rating slashed from five to two stars.
The Greene King pub chain, which owns the Anson Farm , on Teesside Industrial Estate, described the downgrading as a “huge disappointment.”
Probably not as disappointing for those who barfed.
Staff are being cut at the Thornaby pub hit by an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.
A total of 99 people have now reported taking ill after eating at the Anson Farm restaurant on Teesside Industrial Estate in May.
Of those, 49 have been confirmed as salmonella infection, say Public Health England (PHE) North East.
All confirmed cases of salmonella are associated with eating at the restaurant before control measures were put in place on May 22, say PHE.
The PHE said it is not expecting any further reports of illness, and its outbreak control team will release the results of its investigation in the autumn.
Now The Gazette has learned that a number of staff at the pub, which only opened in April, are facing redundancy.
The Greene King pub chain, which owns the Anson Farm, said it is not yet known how many staff are at risk of redundancy, but said they will try to relocate them within the chain’s other pubs in the area.
Paul Currie, manager of the Anson Farm, said: “Anson Farm has not maintained the high level of trade that we saw when we initially opened in April and as a result we have to adapt the size of the team.”
There have now been 81 people who have taken ill after eating at the Anson Farm on Teesside Industrial Estate last month.
Of that number, 35 have tested positive for salmonella – four more since Monday.
All those who have tested positive contracted the bug before the pub put in a series of control measures requested by PHE and Stockton Council environmental health officers in the week commencing May 18, confirmed a PHE spokesperson.
Both PHE and environmental health are continuing to investigate possible sources of the outbreak.
A Teesside pub has carried out a deep clean of key public area after ten diners tested positive for salmonella.
Stockton Council’s environmental health team and Public Health England (PHE) launched an investigation after customers of the Anson Farm, on Teesside Industrial Estate in Thornaby, reported suspected food poisoning earlier this week.
Richard Lewis, for Farmhouse Inns which runs the pub as part of the Greene King chain, said: “We are extremely sorry to hear that people are unwell. We have been working closely with the environmental health department to establish if there is a link to our pub.”
He said the five-star rating remained in place. “We have carried out a deep and thorough clean of all hard hand contact areas in the public areas, in addition to our normal cleaning regime, and we have reminded our team of the important role they play in guaranteeing our customers enjoy the highest standards every time they visit us.”
Yesterday PHE, formerly the Health Protection Agency, said a total of 34 people had reported suffering severe sickness and diarrhea after eating in the pub restaurant. The North-east centre of PHE has confirmed 10 of those people have tested positive for salmonella, with more results expected over the next few days.
Dr Deb Wilson, consultant in health protection at the PHE North East Centre, said the pub was co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation, and is “implementing a range of control measures requested by environmental health officers.”