HC Deb 22 December 1988 vol 144 cc395-6W
Mr. Alan Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department first became aware of the nature of the salmonella problem giving rise to the chief medical officer's statement of 26 August; and if he will list all public warnings or information issued on this subject since 26 August.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

On 13 April 1988, accumulating evidence on food poisoning associated with salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 was reviewed by my Department and the public health laboratory service.

The following public warnings and information have been issued since 26 August by my Department:

2 September Letter to Chief Environmental Health Officers of local authorites asking them to issue advice locally.
5 September Letter to major catering and hotel organisations with a copy of the 26 August public warning.
21 November Public warning, repeating warning on raw eggs and giving advice about lightly cooked eggs.
5 December Repeat public warning, adding that it was advisable for vulnerable people to avoid eating lightly cooked eggs.

Trent Regional Health Authority
Property and Address Date of Sale Price obtained £
1 Former Swithland Recovery Home, Leicestershire September 1979 92,500
2 Former Seely House Convalescent Home, Skegness March 1980 90,000

14 December (Jointly with Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) announcing advertisements to be placed in leading newspapers on 16–18 December.