Singapore: Rojak food poisoning: The facts so far of Article:

Tue, Apr 07, 2009

The affected stall - Rojak Geylang Serai:

It is a famous Indian rojak stall at Geylang Serai market and had previously been featured on Makansutra. The stall, at #01-320, was rated two and a half chopsticks out of three in Makansutra's 2007 food guide.

According to the review, regulars swear by its stewed beef liver.

The casualties:

ONE person is dead, another is in a coma and 25 others have been hospitalised so far in what is possibly Singapore's worst case of mass food poisoning. One woman who was two months pregnant miscarried.

A total of 111 people sought treatment at hospitals as a result, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday, adding that 84 were given outpatient treatment.

Cause of the food poisoning:

Workers from the rojak stall have been told to go for screening at the Communicable Disease Centre (CDC).

A MOH spokesman said a joint inspection was conducted with officers from the National Environment Agency (NEA) Saturday morning at the stall.

Samples were collected and investigations are ongoing. According to an NEA spokesman, MOH's preliminary investigations show that the suspected food behind the outbreak is the rojak.

She said the stallholder and assistant have been directed by MOH to undergo screening for food-borne pathogens at the CDC.

During the inspection, the stall operator was cleaning up his stall. He said he would close his stall for the next two days.

The NEA spokesman added that the agency was notified about the food poisoning cases by the hospitals and customers of the stall.

Sources: The New Paper, The Straits Times


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