Nice handle: Butter Me Up café prosecuted for food safety offences

Bristol News reports employees at a Bishopsworth café have been fined for food hygiene offences after pleading guilty to a string of safety standards breaches.

Laura West and Donna Flanagan, who were running the small Butter Me Up premises at Highridge Road, were also ordered to pay totals including prosecution costs of £2,937 and £2,855 respectively at Bristol Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to a number of offences at an earlier hearing.

The pair were also given an open-ended Hygiene Prohibition Order, banning them from participating in the management of any food business which, if breached, amounts to a criminal offence which could lead to a prison sentence.

Environmental Health officers from Bristol City Council launched an immediate investigation and visited the café in July 2018, having been alerted to the death of an elderly gentleman from suspected food poisoning after he and a friend were hospitalised.

Officers discovered that the business had been operating since November 2015 but had not registered with the Council since it opened. The café was also displaying a food safety sticker with a rating of 5, the highest rating, which belonged to a previous business at the same address.

Environmental health officers noted a range of further food safety offences, including little to no food hygiene and safety training, no written food safety management, poor pest control and lack of reliable disinfection practices. Environmental swabs and a cloth that had been used for handling equipment showed that food poisoning bacteria were widespread throughout the premises, indicating poor cleaning practices.

E. coli infects two more children at UK school

Two more cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been confirmed in students at Redfield Edge Primary School in Bristol, U.K., bringing the total of confirmed cases to seven.

Of the three children admitted to hospital for treatment, one remains there.

At least 40 other children reportedly had symptoms.

The school was closed May 20.

UK school with E. coli cases closed

That school in the U.K. that closed a couple of classrooms in response to an apparent outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 has now been completely closed until further notice.

Two four-year-olds and one five-year-old have so far been taken to hospital but were said to be recovering yesterday. One was treated and discharged, with the other two still in hospital.

This Is Bristol reports that in the past week, parents of 28 other children reported they had mostly milder symptoms, typically stomach ache and diarrhea, with some children experiencing more severe symptoms such as bloody diarrhea.

The HPA said all affected children were being tested for E. coli O157 and initial test results indicated there were probably three with the infection.

Dr David Hunt, consultant with the HPA’s South West (North) Health Protection Unit, said: "We are working closely with Redfield Edge School and have now advised full closure of the school.

This is due to fact that the infection seems to have started to spread among older children, having started among year one and reception classes.”

Suspected E. coli O157 outbreak suspends classes in Bristol

Several classes have been suspended following a suspected outbreak of E. coli at a school near Bristol, U.K.

Two pupils from Redfield Edge Primary School were hospitalized while a third is recovering at home.

The school has closed its reception and year one classes until further notice as a precaution.

Parents of a "number of other children" have reported their children have upset stomachs and diarrhoea, with some experiencing more "severe symptoms."

Dr David Hunt, from the Health Protection Unit, said: "At this point, E. coli O157 is suspected, not confirmed, but we wish to be precautionary.