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E.coli meat butcher pleads guilty

John Tudor and Sons, Bridgend
John Tudor and Sons of Bridgend closed after the outbreak

A butcher at the centre of an E.coli outbreak in south Wales in 2005 has admitted supplying contaminated meat to schools.

A five-year-old boy died and 158 people, mostly school children, became ill in the food poisoning outbreak.

William Tudor, 54, from Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, admitted six counts at Cardiff Crown Court.

He faces separate charges over meat preparation at John Tudor and Sons of Bridgend. The case was adjourned.

The charges against Tudor relate to deliveries of Welsh lamb and turkey to schools on two days in September 2005.

One of the charges involved supplying contaminated meat to Deri primary school in Bargoed, Rhymney Valley. Mason Jones, the only person to die in the outbreak, was a pupil.

Public protection

The other charges involve five other junior and primary schools in the south Wales valleys.

Tudor entered guilty pleas to charges under the general food regulations of "placing unsafe food on the market".

The prosecution is being brought by the public protection department of Rhondda Cynon Taf council.

A public inquiry is also being held into the E.coli outbreak, chaired by food expert Professor Hugh Pennington.

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