The Advocates’ lounge at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London has been closed following reports that food being served there ‘smelled a bit off’.
An investigation has now been launched into a suspected case of food contamination, and all members of staff have been suspended. There have been unconfirmed reports that the food was in fact contaminated with urine, and that traces have been detected in salads, sandwiches and soups.
The investigation is being run jointly by the Council and the Police, and although no arrests have yet been made, they are said to be taking the situation very seriously, as is the company that provides the catering.
Deliberate contamination of food goes far beyond breaches of food safety regulations, and you don’t need food safety training to know that it is not acceptable to contaminate food for human consumption with urine.
Food safety standards set out very clear guidelines regarding food safety standards as well as food safety management procedures which should be complied with at all times. For the moment, it is unclear whether deliberate contamination has taken place, or how that contamination could have happened.