E-Coli butcher pleads guilty to another count

A Bridgend butcher has today admitted seven charges brought against him as a result of the 2005 E.coli outbreak, which left scores of children ill and one little boy dead.

John Tudor, of Tudor & Sons, will be sentenced for the offences on September 7 and he has been warned he faces a custodial sentence.

Tudor admitted six charges last Friday, brought against him as a result of a joint investigation between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly and Bridgend Councils when he appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today (Friday August 3).

Tudor from Crowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, initially pleaded not guilty to 12 charges bought against him by Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Bridgend Councils.

But last week he admitted to six counts, at Cardiff Crown Court, which related to meat originating from his premises to schools on two days in September 2005.

One of the charges involved supplying contaminated meat to schools in the south Wales valleys.

Tudor pleaded guilty to charges under the general food regulations of placing unsafe food on the market. The prosecution was brought by Rhondda Cynon Taff and Caerphilly Councils.

Today he pleaded to a further charge, taking the count up to seven. The local authorities agreed to drop five charges against Tudor on the condition he pleaded guilty to a further one today.

He pleaded guilty for failing to ensure that the raw and cooked meat during handling, storage, packaging, display and transportation within the business at his premises was protected against contamination likely to render the food unfit for human consumption.

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