Public Health Lawyers Concerned By Illness Linked To New Dancing Dragon Restaurant

Two Diners Reportedly Fell Ill After Dining At Summertown Restaurant


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Specialist Public Health lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, who represent victims of illness outbreaks in the UK and abroad, have welcomed the swift investigation of a potential illness outbreak that may be linked to the New Dancing Dragon restaurant in Summertown.


Local reports suggest two diners fell ill after eating fried rice at the restaurant in March. An inspection, which was conducted shortly after the diners fell ill, revealed an infestation of cockroaches and that rice was being cooked and cooled "inadequately", which led to the establishment being given a two-star rating.


Inspectors also ordered the owners to conduct a deep clean in the kitchen and for raw food to be kept in a separate fridge from ready-to-eat foods.


A hygiene improvement notice was issued to the management of the restaurant and the manager has reportedly stated that the improvement work has now been carried out.


Irwin Mitchell’s illness lawyers, who notably act for 14 people who have suffered severe gastric illness following a Salmonella outbreak which has potentially been linked to The Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, near Southampton, said it is important consumers are reassured that measures have been taken to improve conditions at the restaurant.


Clare Comiskey, a Public Health expert at Irwin Mitchell, said:

Expert Opinion
It is worrying to hear reports of illness that could be linked to the New Dancing Dragon restaurant.

“Thankfully, the local authority health officials took action and issued an improvement notice to the management, who have said they have complied with the required improvements.”

“It is vital another inspection is conducted by health officials to reassure consumers that measures are now in place to correct the problems and that hygiene standards have improved.

“We have seen first-hand the long-term problems illnesses linked to incorrectly prepared food can have on victims and it is imperative that the restaurant implements the recommendations to safeguard public health.
Clare Comiskey, Associate