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Napier food manufacturer Bay Cuisine has been fined $130,000 for selling listeria-contaminated food to Hawke's Bay Hospital, but the District Health Board(DHB) wanted the company to face harsher penalties.

The Hawke's Bay DHB said they would have preferred the company faced more severe charges that reflect the seriousness of their actions.

In July 2012 the Hawke's Bay DHB discovered some of their ready-to-eat meat meals, supplied by Bay Cuisine, had been contaminated with listeria.

The listeria outbreak led to the death of 68-year-old Patricia Hutchinson and contributed to the death of an 81-year-old woman.

Following a long investigation process the company pleaded guilty last month to five representative charges of selling contaminated food, one charge of suppressing test results and one charge of omitting to provide information to the ministry.

Company director Garth Wise was fined $32,500, while company employee Christopher Mackie was fined $30,000.

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