A sandwich company has gone into liquidation just days after it was deleted to be the source of an outbreak of listeria that killed five hospital patients.
The Good Food Chain announced that it should cease trading with the loss of 125 jobs because the impact of the pollution crisis had seriously affected the business community.
The company, which was built in Stone, Staffordshire, had ceased production at the beginning of June shortly after the outbreak was discovered.
Earlier this week the Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirmed that the good food chain was not the source of the outbreak.
The Listeria strain was identified in meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which supplied products for Good Food Chain's sandwiches. North Country Cooked Meats also suspended production after the pollution was discovered.
The FSA study was launched after five people were suspected of having died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches and salads produced by the good food chain.
Martyn Corfield, the owner and founder of the company, said: "I was totally devastated to hear that people were dead after having listeriosis and have constantly thought about all the affected and their families over the last couple of weeks .
"We have worked very closely with the investigative authorities, and while Wednesday confirms that Good Food Chain was not the source of the outbreak was welcome, it ultimately came too late in the day for us to get the company back on a sustainable feeding.