11 March 2009
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has advised managers of the Fat Duck Restaurant in Berkshire that they can re-open tomorrow (Thursday March 12th).
The Agency and local environmental health officers from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead consider it safe to reopen as the Fat Duck management has agreed to comply with all the recommendations made after a thorough risk assessment was carried out by the HPA's Thames Valley Health Protection Unit and the environmental health team.
Preliminary findings from the investigation into what caused around 400 people to report being ill soon after eating at the restaurant have informed the advice given so far, but the investigation is ongoing. So far no one source has been identified. Results of some tests are still awaited and the detailed questioning of people who reported illness is likely to continue for some weeks in order to build a more complete picture.
Risk assessments in outbreaks of illness connected to the food industry like this routinely include looking at any high risk foods from point of supply to the food reaching the plate; the environment - both in the restaurant and food preparation areas; cleaning methods and materials and food preparation.
The restaurant will continue to work with the Health Protection Agency and the Royal Borough's environmental health team until the investigation is completed.
Contact: SE Region Comms team on 01243 815107/815109.
Last reviewed: 11 March 2009