A local food business operator who was successfully prosecuted by Cardiff Council last month for a range of food hygiene offences linked to an outbreak of E.coli O157 in August 2011 has today been sentenced to an eight months custodial sentence with immediate effect by Newport Crown Court.
The sentencing follows a previous hearing held at Cardiff Magistrates Court on December 21, 2012, where Mr Diar Wali Ali, the registered food business operator at the Adonis Kebab House, City Road, Cardiff – pleaded guilty to all charges Cardiff Council brought against him.
In total there were 23 charges brought against Mr Ali for various food hygiene offences that were committed at the Adonis Kebab House. An E-coli outbreak in early August 2011 was traced to the Adonis Kebab House and the premises were closed by the Council on August 12 2011, on the grounds of health concerns following an unsatisfactory inspection by Environmental Health Officers.
Councillor Derek Morgan, Chair of Cardiff Council’s Public Protection Committee, said: “Local people and visitors to Cardiff have a right to expect that food served in Cardiff’s food businesses is safe to eat and has been prepared in hygienic conditions.
“However, where poor hygiene practices and substandard conditions are found, we take immediate action to safeguard public health.
“I hope this case helps to show how seriously we take this commitment and demonstrate that, where appropriate, we will use the full force of the law to ensure food safety regulations are met.”
Mr Ali will serve four months in custody and four months in the community.
This case relates to an outbreak of E.coli O157 that occurred in South East Wales in August 2011.
An Outbreak Control Team was set up in light of the incidents, which was made up of representatives from Public Health Wales, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Food Standards Agency and Environmental Officers from Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Rhondda Cynon Taff Councils.
In total, the Outbreak Control Team investigated nine microbiologically confirmed cases of E.coli O157. One of the cases involved the young victim being hospitalised and having to undergo dialysis as a result of the poisoning.
E.coli O157 is a serious bacterial infection that causes abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The symptoms of E.coli O157 range from mild diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever to bloody diarrhoea. Most people recover without complications, but the most severe cases can develop kidney failure.