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Food safety scare.

Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

CUSTOMERS of a butchers are being advised to throw out meat bought there after a salmonella scare.

Public Health England North East is advising people not to eat any cold pre-cooked meats and savouries bought on or before February 19 from Chapman and Sons, in Blackhall Colliery.

The precautionary advice has been issued as an investigation begins into the possible source of an outbreak of salmonella infection affecting local residents.

Salmonella bacteria can cause food poisoning, with symptoms including diarrhoea, stomach cramps, and sometimes vomiting and fever.

Public Health England North East's health protection team is working with the environmental health and public health teams from Durham County Council after an increase in reports of salmonella infection in the area. To date, eight confirmed and two suspected cases of salmonella have been reported in the last two weeks in adults living in the Horden/Blackhall Colliery/Hesleden area. Two of the cases are receiving hospital treatment.

Public Health England says the butchers are "co-operating fully" with the investigation.

Consultant in health protection and chair of the outbreak control team Dr Deb Wilson said: "The source of this outbreak is not yet known. However, several of the affected people are known to have eaten cooked meat products and savouries from Chapman and Sons butchers in Blackhall Colliery.

"Although our investigation is at a very early stage, as a precautionary measure we are advising anyone who has bought cooked meats or savouries from Chapman and Sons butchers on or before February 19, 2018, and still has them in their fridge or freezer, not to eat them and to throw them out immediately.

"The owners and staff of Chapman and Sons butchers are co-operating fully with the investigation and have agreed to discard ready-to-eat foods from their premises while the investigation continues.

"The business has also agreed to carry out a deep clean of their premises, and reinforce good hygiene practices."

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The owners and staff of Chapman and Sons butchers are co-operating fully with the investigation

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Feb 23, 2018
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