Secret report reveals 54 struck down after Colchester Oyster Feast

Secret report reveals 54 struck down after Colchester Oyster Feast

Secret report reveals 54 struck down after Colchester Oyster Feast

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AN investigation has revealed 54 people fell ill after attending the Colchester Oyster Feast.

The report reveals the oysters to blame for the sickness were imported from Ireland.

A total of 200 guests attended the civic event at Colchester’s Moot Hall last October.

Within days, 13 guests reported they were unwell and an investigation was launched by Public Health England.

Questionnaires were sent out and 54 people reported they had been sick, including Colchester Council chief executive Adrian Pritchard.

The report, seen by the Gazette, but not publicly available, found oysters were the likely cause of the outbreak.

For the full report, see this week's Essex County Standard.

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12:32pm Sat 1 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I was on the understanding from the last report, that Monsieur Teflon and the wannabees, only had a icky tummy or possibly a small dose of the SH*TS afterwards.
Or was it and is it the usual stuff that they were mistaking, that normally comes out of their orifices on a daily basis?
I thought the oysters were supposed to come from Mersea Island?
I did not get invited so basically I could not care less.
Its about time you had some real class at the feast and encouraged my presence there.
Jack Edward
I was on the understanding from the last report, that Monsieur Teflon and the wannabees, only had a icky tummy or possibly a small dose of the SH*TS afterwards. Or was it and is it the usual stuff that they were mistaking, that normally comes out of their orifices on a daily basis? I thought the oysters were supposed to come from Mersea Island? I did not get invited so basically I could not care less. Its about time you had some real class at the feast and encouraged my presence there. Jack Edward A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -11

1:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jim_bo says...

A feast to celebrate the oysters from Colchester which have been cultivated here since roman times.

Yet the caterers imported them from Ireland, kind of makes a mockery of the whole tax payer funded event!!
A feast to celebrate the oysters from Colchester which have been cultivated here since roman times. Yet the caterers imported them from Ireland, kind of makes a mockery of the whole tax payer funded event!! jim_bo
  • Score: 32

2:31pm Sat 1 Mar 14

UndergroundOverground says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
I was on the understanding from the last report, that Monsieur Teflon and the wannabees, only had a icky tummy or possibly a small dose of the SH*TS afterwards.
Or was it and is it the usual stuff that they were mistaking, that normally comes out of their orifices on a daily basis?
I thought the oysters were supposed to come from Mersea Island?
I did not get invited so basically I could not care less.
Its about time you had some real class at the feast and encouraged my presence there.
Jack Edward
Should the decision be taken to introduce a clown to the feast I'm certain you will be top of the list.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: I was on the understanding from the last report, that Monsieur Teflon and the wannabees, only had a icky tummy or possibly a small dose of the SH*TS afterwards. Or was it and is it the usual stuff that they were mistaking, that normally comes out of their orifices on a daily basis? I thought the oysters were supposed to come from Mersea Island? I did not get invited so basically I could not care less. Its about time you had some real class at the feast and encouraged my presence there. Jack Edward[/p][/quote]Should the decision be taken to introduce a clown to the feast I'm certain you will be top of the list. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 19

4:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Serve em all right! I couldn't give a twopenny f**k.
Serve em all right! I couldn't give a twopenny f**k. stevedawson
  • Score: 4

5:40pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Oysters are massively overrated. Some say they are an aphrodisiac, I had a dozen once but only Eleven worked!

And reading the report in the ECS it appears that other foods provided to the Oyster feast, by Milsoms the caterers, also contained higher levels of bacteria than is acceptable.

Dave Harris's does a first class job of the 'alternative feast' so best everyone sticks to Fish and Chips in future and the alternative feast should move to Moot Hall.
Oysters are massively overrated. Some say they are an aphrodisiac, I had a dozen once but only Eleven worked! And reading the report in the ECS it appears that other foods provided to the Oyster feast, by Milsoms the caterers, also contained higher levels of bacteria than is acceptable. Dave Harris's does a first class job of the 'alternative feast' so best everyone sticks to Fish and Chips in future and the alternative feast should move to Moot Hall. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 8

5:48pm Sat 1 Mar 14

wheelspin says...

The Gazette statement" "Oysters were the likely cause of the outbreak".

Well, fancy that.

What else would you expect to eat at the Oyster Feast!!?
The Gazette statement" "Oysters were the likely cause of the outbreak". Well, fancy that. What else would you expect to eat at the Oyster Feast!!? wheelspin
  • Score: 14

11:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

skenchie says...

The report's on the Public Health England website so it's hardly a 'secret' as the headline claims.
The report's on the Public Health England website so it's hardly a 'secret' as the headline claims. skenchie
  • Score: 7

11:19pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Reginald47 says...

Exactly so why do the Gazette try and hype it up as some kind of covert report?
Exactly so why do the Gazette try and hype it up as some kind of covert report? Reginald47
  • Score: 7

11:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Oysters from Ireland?
Oysters from Ireland? Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 4

3:21pm Sun 2 Mar 14

hughie-s says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
Oysters from Ireland?
Indeed, the report in his paper on 13th November stated "The oysters are supplied by the Colchester Oyster Fishery company as part of its permission
to fish the oyster beds at Mersea. Graham Larkin, operations manager, said the first and the last 12 oysters from the 2,000 used at the feast were tested and found to be fine. "
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: Oysters from Ireland?[/p][/quote]Indeed, the report in his paper on 13th November stated "The oysters are supplied by the Colchester Oyster Fishery company as part of its permission to fish the oyster beds at Mersea. Graham Larkin, operations manager, said the first and the last 12 oysters from the 2,000 used at the feast were tested and found to be fine. " hughie-s
  • Score: 1

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