Day 106 - 23 Mar 95 - Page 03
1 A. I am a qualified Environmental Health Officer of some
2 20 years standing; three posts as a Local Authority
3 Environmental Health Officer, the latter being a Senior
4 Environmental Health Officer, Food Safety and Health &
5 Safety; following which about 15 years working for a number
6 of corporations as their hygiene adviser and latterly as a
7 postgraduate researcher at Leeds Metropolitan University
8 working on salmonella.
10 MR. RAMPTON: My Lord, I am having awful difficulty hearing him,
11 I am afraid.
13 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Can you keep your voice up? Can I just ask
14 you, there is another Richard North whose name seems to be
15 dropping into the papers recently. I think he describes
16 himself as "Richard D. North". He is obviously an entirely
17 different person?
18 A. My Lord, yes.
20 Q. I know he has written a book recently on environmental
21 matters generally, but it was him who was involved in the
22 listeria and the Scottish cheese case, was it?
23 A. No, it was myself.
25 MR. MORRIS: You have also published quite a lot of material, is
26 that correct, or have done?
27 A. Yes.
29 Q. Just a brief run through?
30 A. Brief, yes -- a number of peer reviewed publications --
31 you have a list. I need not elaborate.
33 MR. JUSTICE BELL: Yes. I have read the whole of Mr. North's
34 CV. If you want me, Mr. Morris, to take that as part of
35 Mr. North's evidence, I will do so. By all means draw my
36 attention to anything you particularly want me to notice,
37 and then you can decide whether you want to have his proof
38 of evidence and/or reports of visits read into his
41 MR. MORRIS (To the witness): As regards the CV that is attached
42 to your statement, that is a true record of your
43 qualifications and experience?
44 A. Yes, indeed. I think it is worth adding that I have
45 completed my PhD study now which was in progress when
46 I wrote the CV.
48 Q. Are there any particular areas of food safety which you
49 have professionally looked into or researched that may be
50 relevant to this case?
51 A. Yes, quite a few. My primary expertise for many, many
52 years was catering systems. I did an enormous amount of
53 design and development work in hospital catering and high
54 technology catering in design and operation of hospital
55 cook chill systems, which included also fast food type
56 operations. Latterly, I have worked for the past five
57 years very, very closely with the poultry industry mainly,
58 but not exclusively, with the egg industry.
60 For the past three years I have been working very, very