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Holidaymaker Died from Salmonella Poisoning in Italy

Tour operators should make sure they protect holidaymakers from food poisoning, the widow of a man who died after contracting salmonella has said.

Geoffrey Appleyard, 71, from Evesham in Worcestershire, died in June 2008 after falling ill at the Grand Hotel in Lake Garda, Italy.

A coroner recorded a verdict of misadventure and said Mr Appleyard had died of salmonella poisoning adding he contracted the illness from food at the hotel.

It was reported that several other people had to be taken to hospital after falling ill at the hotel.

After the inquest Jean Appleyard said it was important the fact that salmonella played a part in her husband's death had been recognised.

"We went to the Grand Hotel for a luxury holiday" she said.

"It is simply appalling that we fell ill and Geoffrey contracted something as serious as salmonella at a hotel like that."

Tour operators have to ensure they are doing everything they possibly can to make sure holidaymakers are protected from outbreaks like that, she added.

At the time of Mr Appleyard's death tour company Thomson Holidays said it was confident the outbreak was an isolated case – Reported August 2009.

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Dated: 18/03/2010

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