E.coli Inquiry To Take Evidence In Public

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The Public Inquiry set up to investigate the second biggest outbreak of E.coli 0157 in the UK will start taking evidence in public next February when it holds its oral hearings.

The conclusion in September of criminal proceedings linked to the outbreak freed up the Inquiry to collect the additional evidence it needs to complete its task. The hearings will enable the Inquiry to explore in even greater detail the issues it is investigating, which include the source of the outbreak, the inspection of food businesses, the procurement of school meals, and the way the outbreak was managed.

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Professor Hugh Pennington, the Inquiry's Chairman, said:

"My team has already collected a vast amount of evidence. The hearings, which will start on Tuesday, 12 February 2008, are a very important part of the Inquiry process. I expect them to last at least six weeks. They will provide me with even more evidence and will, I am certain, demonstrate the thoroughness of the Inquiry's approach.

The hearings will be open to the public but evidence will be published on the Inquiry's web site along with full transcripts of the each day's proceedings. This will help to make the facts available to the public."

The hearings will be held in Cardiff Bay. More information, including information on who will be called to give evidence, will be published in due course.

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