Isle of Wight Ecoli cases confirmed from raw milk

It is only the raw milk from this popular Isle of Wight farm that was affected. All other products are unaffected by the Ecoli outbreak. Guidance included and the farm has sent OnTheWight a statement.

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Public Health England share this latest news. It is only the raw milk from this popular Isle of Wight farm that was affected. All other products are unaffected by the Ecoli outbreak.

“We stopped selling it several weeks ago and, of course, we’ve done everything that we’ve been asked to do,” Paul Griffin told OnTheWight.

The farm gave OnTheWight a full statement. Ed


Public health, environmental health and food standards experts are asking people who may have bought raw (unpasteurised) milk from an Isle of Wight farm to return or dispose of it, following an outbreak of E. coli O157.

Public Health England South East’s Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Protection team, in partnership with environmental health officers from Isle of Wight Council and the Food Standards Agency, are investigating the outbreak. Drinking raw milk from Briddlesford Lodge Farm has been confirmed as a source of the infection.

Four confirmed cases
There have been four confirmed cases of E.coli O157 and an additional three cases of Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) linked to this outbreak.

All four cases of E.coli O157 have made a good recovery and the three cases with HUS are in hospital and receiving treatment.

Investigation
The Isle of Wight Council’s environmental health department has been working closely with the farm, who have co-operated fully, to ensure that the affected raw milk has not entered the sales chain since Monday 25 September 2017.

Dr Ishani Kar-Purkayastha, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health England South East, said:

“We have been working with colleagues to investigate these cases and hope all those affected are better soon.

“All steps have been taken to prevent the spread of infection further including removal of the milk from sale, and necessary hygiene and safety measures.

“As an added precaution we, along with the environmental health team and the Food Standards Agency, are asking anyone who has raw milk purchased from Briddlesford Farm on, or before Monday, 25 September 2017 to either return it to the farm or dispose of it. This includes raw milk that may have been frozen for future use.”

Advice on drinking raw milk
Professor Guy Poppy, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Food Standards Agency, said:

“Unpasteurised or ‘raw’ milk may contain harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning because it has not been heat treated.

“Long standing FSA advice has been that older people, infants, children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems, who are more vulnerable to food poisoning, should not consume raw drinking milk.”

Farm acted quickly
Professor Rida Elkheir, Isle of Wight Council’s director of public health, said:

“I would like to reassure the public that all of the agencies and the farm have acted quickly to reduce any risk and the farm is continuing to work closely with us.”


Statement from the farm
A spokesperson for Briddlesford Lodge Farm told OnTheWight,

There have been several cases of the e.coli 0157 infection recently, and Briddlesford has been identified as the likely source of the infection.

“E.coli is not present in pasteurised milk, but there has always been a risk that it can be present in raw milk. We have removed raw milk from sale at our farm.
We have always closely followed local authority and food standards agency guidance on minimising this type of risk, and we have also put extra controls in place as soon as we were notified of a potential problem.

“We are still working very closely with environmental health officers and we believe we have now done everything we can to prevent further cases.

“We are especially concerned about the well-being of those affected by this bug, and we wish them and their families every good fortune at this terrible time. We want families to enjoy learning about the farm and we are saddened to think that something has gone so wrong.

“Our pasteurised milk is a safe product to drink and meets all quality and hygiene standards.”

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Friday, 13th October, 2017 10:47am

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CB500

This isn’t meant as a criticism of On The Wight. But perhaps the picture of the Cow in it’s idyllic surroundings could be replaced with one of her being forcibly impregnated to supply the milk? It might reflect the reality of people’s daily ‘pinta’ a little better.

Tim

CB500, I believe that Briddlesford’s Guernsey cows are indeed grazed outside as depicted in the picture.

CB500

Tim. Yep, and they live happily ever after with their significant other and their male babies aren’t turned into veal at a month or so old and sold in a farm shop a few feet away from ‘educational’ childrens tours. Disclaimer – I’m Vegan, haven’t always been and am not perfect.

calderjon

Why did I find it difficult to actually find the most important piece of information you had to convey?

The name of the farm??? Feel a little cheated by this article I’m afraid.

catowner

“Drinking raw milk from Briddlesford Lodge Farm has been confirmed as a source of the infection.”

yep… devious OTW have hidden the name of the farm in plain sight. How dare they.

calderjon

Who called them devious? Please, get a grip!

catowner
I called them devious. In a sarcastic jibe at your ridiculous comment. If you expect news to be hurled in your face and can’t be bothered to read a few lines into an article to find the information you are looking for, and then criticise the publishers for publishing a press release written by Public Health England, then perhaps you need to get a grip. Oh… wait.… Read more »
calderjon

Yep, get a grip.

If making an innocent comment counts for trolling in your book perhaps it’s better you don’t “feed me” any more.

I don’t want to worry you but I am even more astonished now!

Sally Perry

The press release is written by Public Health England not OnTheWight (as it states at the very top) and the name of the farm involved is in the second paragraph of the release. Hardly hidden.

calderjon

Where did I say anything was hidden??? I am astonished at some of these replies.

So defensive when I am happy to admit the fault could be mine?

Sally Perry

My response was not defensive, it was simply stating the facts.

bones

Should have gone to Specsavers Calderjon !

calderjon

Perhaps I do need specsavers! Honestly, it was a task to find the information I wanted to read – the name of the farm! Im not saying it was hidden, I’m saying it was not easy to spot!

I’m not moaning for the sake of it! Maybe I’m just getting old!

YJC

Sadly, mud sticks. People have long memories.
What ever they do the farm will never be able to get rid of this.
Many, many years ago, Fishy Stevens at Carisbrooke got one thing wrong and sadly, it finished them in the end.

catowner

unfortunately, mud does stick.
Then again, anyone drinking raw milk knows the risks (or should…), and should be impressed with the speed of this response.
Personally, I would never touch the stuff. Theres a reason pasteurisation takes place.

hermit

I’ve been drinking Raw milk since I was a kid. I’m 45, still drink it, and we used to get it straight from the udder into a jug many moons ago. This is a freak one off and is not going to be a problem. This is a world class farm and will get through this. Best of luck to everyone at Briddlesford.

bones

I for one will certainly continue to support Briddlesford.. It’s silly to say mud sticks…this is an isolated incident …..one that they will ensure doesn’t happen again. Plenty of children were brought up healthily in the past.
If you are a vegan this is a free country but don’t preach.
To those who have been affected I hope you are doing well.

electrickery

I hope nobody is suggesting that the Farm has done anything wrong or even negligent. The risks of raw milk have been known for a century or more and bacteria are endemic in the milk-gathering process. It is legal ro sell raw milk to anybody who wants to take the risk. Just stick to the pasteurised and everything will be fine!

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