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Moviehouse Cinema fined £110,000 after Flicks restaurant caused major E.Coli outbreak

Published 29/04/2015

Flicks Restaurant, Yorkgate Belfast
Flicks Restaurant, Yorkgate Belfast
Flicks Restaurant - Cityside Mall Yorkgate
Flicks Restaurant, Yorkgate Belfast.

Belfast's Moviehouse Cinema Ltd has been fined £110,000 after the complex's former restaurant, Flicks, caused Northern Ireland's largest ever outbreak of E.Coli food poisoning.

The fine, handed out by a Belfast Crown Court judge,  is the largest of its kind in the province.

Flicks Restaurant had to close its doors in 2012 when there were over 150 suspected cases of food poisoning.

Judge Gordon Kerr QC said the Cityside complex had shown a "blatant disregard for the food safety standards and therefore for the safety of its customers".

He said that while the actual location of the E Coli outbreak was not uncovered and no traces were found in Flicks, by the guilty pleas the company accepted "they were the source of the contamination".

Judge Kerr said where there was an alleged breach in standards, a company had a potential defence that "it had taken all reasonable precautions and exercised due diligence to avoid the offence.

"By the plea of guilty in this case, it is clear the company accepts that it did not do so," added Judge Kerr.

The company has already paid out over £300,000 to the victims of the outbreak.

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