Overview

Chair: Professor Lisa Ackerley, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement, Hygiene, at Reckitt

Speaker: Claire Turner, Environmental Health Officer, West Northamptonshire Council

Panel member: Kathryn Gilbertson, Regulatory and Compliance lawyer who provides strategic advice on food safety, environment and health and safety matters

In October 2018 a group of 32 people became ill with food poisoning caused by Clostridium perfringens bacteria after eating a meal at a pub near Brackley. A 91 year old woman in the group was so unwell that she was taken to hospital and later died.

Investigations showed that the meal eaten by the group had been prepared without following basic food safety procedures and there were other also other food hygiene offences which all led to prosecutions. The subsequent court case in November 2021 resulted in fines for the landlord and pub chain. The chef who prepared the meal also received a suspended prison sentence, 100 hours community service and had to pay court costs.

Our speaker for this webinar is Claire Turner, the Environmental Health Officer who led the investigation of this outbreak. Claire will outline the stages of her investigation, the food safety failings which caused the outbreak and the legal findings.

This free webinar is a timely reminder about Clostridium perfringens: sources, symptoms, control measures needed and lessons learned from the outbreak. There will be an opportunity for delegates to submit questions during the presentation which will be addressed during a panel discussion.

The webinar will be of interest to all those working in food businesses, enforcement officers, trainers and all those with an interest in food safety. 

Speakers

Chair: Professor Lisa Ackerley, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Director of Medical and Scientific Engagement, Hygiene, at Reckitt

Professor Lisa Ackerley is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner who has provided advice and support to most food industry sectors and to the mass media on food safety and consumer hygiene issues. A Visiting Professor of Environmental Health at Salford University, Lisa has lectured on the MSc Environmental Health Course at Kings College, University of London and was Senior Lecturer in Law and Practice at Thames Polytechnic (now University of Greenwich).

Speaker: Claire Turner, Environmental Health Officer, West Northamptonshire Council

Claire Turner has worked in Local Government for 20 years starting off in private sector housing and then moving to food and health and safety in 2005. She qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 2016 after completing her BSc Health and Environment degree at Nottingham Trent University and professional assessments as required by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. She has been involved with several successful food hygiene prosecutions and was the lead investigation officer for the Crewe Arms food poisoning outbreak in 2018. 

Panel member: Kathryn Gilbertson, Regulatory and Compliance lawyer who provides strategic advice on food safety, environment and health and safety matters

Kathryn is a Regulatory and Compliance lawyer who provides strategic advice on food safety, environment, and health and safety matters. She qualified as a solicitor in 1993, following a successful career as an Environmental Health Officer. She assisted Professor Elliott in his review of the food industry following the horsemeat scandal. Kathryn advises companies on compliance strategies, provides bespoke training to boards of directors on company and personal liability, as well as defending clients for regulatory law breaches.