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Errington Cheese wins right to see E. coli evidence

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Errington Cheese has won the right to see evidence linking one of its products to an E. coli outbreak last summer.

The firm was granted a petition in the Court of Session to be given data used by Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to link Dunsyre Blue with the outbreak which sickened 26 and hospitalised 17 people.

We firmly believe that Dunsyre Blue did not cause the outbreak last year,” said Errington Cheese.

“We have asked food safety, epidemiological, and microbiological experts to study the report and they are all highly critical of the manner of the investigation, the bias, the lack of logic and the many errors.”

A case against Lanark Blue and Corra Linn will be heard from 1 June in Lanark Sheriff Court, in which Errington Cheese will attempt to show the cheese is safe.

The firm said last year’s production of Corra Linn is at the farm in an area held by South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) and the Lanark Blue is in a container in Paisley under control of SLC.

It laid off all staff after being banned from selling products last year but has now been permitted to sell Lanark Blue.

“We are working flat out to farm and produce and sell cheese and we are having to cope with almost daily visits from the council’s EHO’s. Obviously this degree of harassment cannot continue if our business is to survive.”

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