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Food group set up after E. coli

Mason Jones
Mason Jones, five, died after eating contaminated cooked meat

The mother of a five-year-old boy who died in an E. coli outbreak is to speak at the launch of a group to improve trust in food safety in Wales.

Sharon Mills's son, Mason Jones, died in an outbreak across the south Wales Wales valleys in 2005.

She has called for tougher sentences for food hygiene crimes.

The Consumer Food Safety Group has been set up to ensure recommendations over the handling of the outbreak are put into action.

The launch of the group is in response to the publication of Professor Hugh Pennington's report earlier this year into the 2005 outbreak.

Forty-four schools were affected in the outbreak and 156 people were made ill.

A butcher was later jailed for food safety offences.

Our research shows low levels of public trust in the current food safety regime
Jennie Bibbings, Consumer Focus Wales

Jennie Bibbings, for Consumer Focus Wales, which is leading the tracking group, said: "Our research shows low levels of public trust in the current food safety regime.

"Recent E. coli outbreaks have made people concerned about this issue and people also think that local authorities seem to have limited powers to act and protect the public where food businesses don't come up to the mark.

"Our aim is to shine a light on the work that is in progress and let consumers know where more work needs to be done."



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