Support for research on meat virus

April 11, 1997

THE Pennington inquiry, set up after 18 people died in central Scotland in one of the world's worst outbreaks of E.coli poisoning, has given its support for more research into the virulent organism.

Led by Hugh Pennington, professor of bacteriology at Aber-deen University, the inquiry makes 32 recommendations, including the requirement for a stricter licensing regime for butchers, and, as part of the curriculum, lessons in food hygiene for primary and secon-dary school children. It does not call for the establishment of an independent food agency, which has been demanded by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

The inquiry, set up last November and costing Pounds 45,000, says it will encourage further research into E.coli 0157, but that all research should be subject to normal funding consideration and peer review, "with appropriate weight given to the threat the organism represents to the public health". The report notes that rates of human E.coli infection in the UK appear to have increased in recent years, adding that more research may be appropriate on the transmission of the organism to, and between, people.

The Meat Hygiene Service may be required to target potentially unhealthy slaughterhouses.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns