Added by Elivia DeVries on May 11, 2011
Food inspectors in the UK have uncovered suspected cases of food poisoning at several of Jamie Oliver’s chain of Italian restaurants throughout the country.
Oliver runs a chain of 17 restaurants in the UK, 11 of which had displayed various health risks as food inspectors visited the restaurants between November 2009 and November 2010.
At one restaurant, the officers warned of a potential viral outbreak. At others, customers were said to have been exposed to bacteria and “filthy” equipment, the Daily Mail reported.
Oliver’s Leed restaurant is allegedly facing a threat of legal action being taken against them for preparing meat in ways that exposed customers to the E.coli bacteria.
Inspectors also found that several members of staff were unwell, including several cases of suspected food poisoning.
There has been two cases of complaints against the Reading branch, where customers had allegedly fallen ill with the potentially fatal norovirus.
However, according to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for the 35-year old celebrity chef said that the problems that were identified by the food inspectors had been minor and had been rectified. He also said that no cases of food poisoning had been proven.