08 March 1999
Dairy farm claims 20th E coli victim

THE number of confirmed cases of E coli food poisoning from a west Cumbrian dairy farm has risen to 20.

A further 11 suspected cases are being linked contaminated milk from a dairy at Scales Farm, Brigham, Cockermouth.

Health officials believe there was a fault with the pasteurising unit, resulting in families drinking “raw” milk.

The milk has been taken away for analysis and the farmer has been served with a prohibition notice.