UK – Former pub owner fined £14,000 after nearly 200 people suffer food poisoning on Mother’s Day

Somerset Live

 

The former owner of a North Somerset pub has been fined £14,000 after nearly 200 people fell ill after eating at his venue on Mother’s Day.

Hundreds of people ate a meal at The Old Farmhouse in Nailsea on March 11, 2018, but 186 fell ill with food poisoning after their visit.

The case, brought to North Somerset Magistrates’ Court on Friday (January 11), revealed that tests on the samples taken from the pub showed that both the beef and lamb contained the bacteria Clostridium perfringens.

In a letter to the court Mr Montgomery said: “I am truly sorry for the harm caused to our patrons.”

Mr Montogomery was fined £4,000 for failing to ensure the relevant food safety documentation was in place.

He was fined a further £10,000 for placing unsafe food on the market.

He was also ordered to pay the £4,765 costs of the investigation and a £170 victim surcharge.

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