The Tripe Marketing Board has issued an unreserved apology to a former employee who was a member of the TMB's social media team.
The apology is part of a settlement reached with the employee prior to her case reaching an Employment Tribunal and includes substantial damages.
In a statement agreed with solicitors Young, Gifford and Black, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said:
"It was wrong of me to expect a junior employee of the TMB to eat a dish of Shkembe chorba as part of the recent World Tripe Day celebrations in Sofia. I am happy to confirm that we have reviewed our terms of employment and made it absolutely clear that no employees, interns or volunteers working for the TMB will be expected to eat food they find repulsive. I am pleased to confirm that this also applies to board members. I am personally sorry for any offence caused to this employee".
As part of the settlement, it was agreed that the evidence relating to the event - which consists of a recording made of a conversation between Sir Norman and another member of the TMB delegation - was to be made public and the TMB is happy to comply with this requirement.