Second farm shut after E coli inspection

A second farm has been linked to the E coli outbreak in Surrey and has closed.

Horton Park Children’s Farm in Epsom is part of the same organisation as Godstone Farm which shut down on Saturday 12 September after 40 visitors became ill with E coli 0157.

Although Horton Park has not had any E coli cases, health officials said hygiene arrangements there were unsatisfactory.

A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency said: “The hygiene arrangements were found to be unsatisfactory and the HPA advised the local authority that the farm should be closed immediately while these defects were rectified.”

The owners of the two farms said the premises would remain closed until everything had been done to eliminate or reduce any potential risk to customers and friends.