Council checks hygiene at Standalone Farm, in Letchworth GC

HEALTH officials have visited Standalone Farm in Wilbury Road, Letchworth GC to check on hygiene facilities. The move, by officials from the environmental health department at North Herts District Council on Monday, follows the E.coli outbreak linked to

HEALTH officials have visited Standalone Farm in Wilbury Road, Letchworth GC to check on hygiene facilities.

The move, by officials from the environmental health department at North Herts District Council on Monday, follows the E.coli outbreak linked to two animal petting farms in Surrey that left several children ill in hospital.

Standalone Farm, owned by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation, is a popular visitor attraction attracting thousands of children every year.

Stuart Kenny, director general of the Foundation said: "Standalone Farm, the educational farm, strives for a continual high standard of hygiene.


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"We keep the public areas clean. Also, there is hand-washing control points-dispensers attached to the walls of every building containing livestock-filled with disinfectant gel.

"There are signs recommending people wash their hands after touching animals and definitely before eating.

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"We do not have organised petting sessions of the animals and our animals are penned and not loose. However, this does not stop people touching the animals over the fences.

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