Saturday ,Apr 04,2009, Posted at: 16:04(GMT+7)


Vietnam: Food poisoning cases alarm parents

Source of Article:  http://www.saigon-gpdaily.com.vn/Hochiminhcity/2009/4/69757/

Following a serious case of food poisoning at the Nguyen Van Troi Primary School in District 2, affecting 97 pupils on April 2, officials from the city’s Department of Health (DoH) on April 3 announced that food and drink samples will be tested.

The instant milk packs, Ovaltine, that are linked to the poisoning were produced on July 9, 2008 and expire January 7, 2010. They were produced and provided free by Dutch Lady.

Test results will be published next week.
A series of school food poisonings in the city have alarmed parents.

Last December, poisonings at two pre-schools in Districts 5 and 9 affected 534 pupils, many were taken to hospital.

In 2008, the city reported seven cases of food poisoning at pre-schools, affecting 638 pupils while they were two cases in 2007. The increasing number of food poising cases has worried parents.

School management boards should be careful of food poisoning. They should keep school kitchens clean, said Huynh Le Thai Hoa, head of the DoH’s Food Hygiene and Safety Division. 

In addition, head teachers must demand contractors provide food hygiene certificates and sources of food.

The departments of Health, and Education and Training have signed a document to cooperate in ensuring food hygiene at schools.

DoH will provide training to teachers about food safety and pay inspections to school canteens.

DoH will also strengthen hygiene training and will improve facilities in kitchens.

The departments’ efforts appear to be futile, as more food poisoning cases have taken place since they began working together. Hot weather and lax behavior by school staff are conducive to food poisonings.


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