Sumary of Brett Sutton maintains I Cook Foods sandwiches contributed to woman’s listeriosis death:
- Rhiannon TuffieldNCA NewsWireCamera IconNot Supplied Credit: SuppliedShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the LinkVictoria’s chief health officer Brett Sutton has stood by his decision to close suburban catering business I Cook Foods, despite allegations from its founder he “misled” a parliamentary probe into its closure.
- The Victorian parliament reopened the inquiry after fresh claims were raised alleging DHHS officials did not have adequate evidence to close I Cook Foods, and that Dandenong Council officers working on the case doctored evidence as part of a conspiracy to shut down the Dandenong business.
- I Cook Foods was closed in 2019 after an elderly woman died in Knox Private hospital, which the caterer supplied, with listeriosis suspected as a contributing factor in her death.
- Professor Sutton signed the closure order in 2019, connecting the woman’s death to sandwiches provided by I Cook Foods.
- Credit: SuppliedFronting the inquiry on Thursday, Professor Sutton stood by his decision to close the business and said there were serious food health and safety issues identified at the premises.
- He told the inquiry there was a genetic match between listeria found in the deceased woman and the food at I Cook Foods.