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GERMAN EGGS , BAD HYGIENE TO BLAME FOR CHIP SHOP BUG; Wok's Cooking now under new management after summer closure by public health bosses.

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A SALMONELLA outbreak at Kirkby takeaway Woks Cooking has been linked to German eggs and poor hygiene.

Health bosses have completed their final investigations into the fast food outlet which was shut down by Knowsley council last July but opened again in August and is now under new management.

The report by Public Health England (PHE) confirms food safety experts have found signs that the salmonella illnesses at Woks Cooking, as well as a series of other cases across Europe, were linked to eggs from a German supplier.

Dr Alex Stewart, from PHE's Cheshire and Merseyside centre, said: "There is now evidence to indicate that a series of cases in Europe caused by the same strains of Salmonella were associated with consumption of eggs from a single source. The eggs from this supplier also reached distributors and food outlets in England and there is evidence to support the hypothesis that this was the same source of infection for Woks Cooking.

"Nevertheless, good practice in any food outlet accounts for the possibility of contaminated food sources; in this outbreak it is clear that poor hygiene practices with cross-contamination were the ultimate cause of the outbreak."

It had previously been thought 25 people were struck by the salmonella in Kirkby last July but food safety experts have now confirmed 54 cases were identified which were linked to Woks Cooking, which is on Richard Hesketh Drive in Westvale, Of these, 33 cases were microbiologically confirmed Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b and 21 were classified as probable cases.

There were nine people hospitalised during the outbreak.

Salmonella Enteritidis is a bacterium that causes gastrointestinal illness and is often associated with poultry or eggs. Symptoms include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.

A spokeswoman for PHE said they were unable to name the company which supplied the eggs from but confirmed it was German.

Suat Atilgan, who is the new owner of the takeaway, spent around PS10,000 on new equipment for the takeaway following the outbreak.

He said: "Everything has now been sorted out, the previous owner is not here anymore and it's under new management.

"What happened in the past is nothing to do with Woks Cooking at the moment."

THE VIDEO See the online at " Matthew Ashton, director of Public Health in Knowsley, said: "In July 2014, Knowsley council's environmental health team took formal action to close Woks Cooking following reports of salmonella that identified th takeaway as a possible source of illness.

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"The business was only allowed to re-open when the council was satisfied that food safety issues relating to the cases had been addressed and any risk to public health had been removed. The business reopened in August 2014 under a new food business operator.

"A further food hygiene inspection took place in September 2014 and the business will continue to be inspected as part of the council's programme.

"The council is currently considering all the details of the investigation in relation to any potential further formal action."

Woks Cooking is currently showing a food hygiene rating of three out of five on the Food Standards Agency's website following an inspection in September 2014.


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Mar 28, 2015
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