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.
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
Workers from the rojak
stall have been told to go for screening at the Communicable Disease Centre
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
food poisoning can kill
Special: Indian rojak