Singapore: Three new cases in steamboat food poisoning

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By Lynda Hong/Ng Lian Cheong, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 13 April 2009 2330 hrs

SINGAPORE: Three more people have food poisoning after eating at the steamboat restaurant BaShu RenJia at Geylang Road, bringing the total number of cases to 17.

These cases developed the onset of illness between 9 and 11 April. They had consumed food at the steamboat restaurant from 9 to 10 April.

All except two patients received outpatient treatment. The two hospitalised patients have since been discharged.

Meanwhile no new cases were reported from the "Rojak Geylang Serai" stall's mass food poisoning incident.

Stool cultures of five food handlers from the "Rojak Geylang Serai" stall have tested negative for Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria which was found in 12 cases.

The result for the food handler from the neighbouring mee siam stall is still pending.

In a bid to win customers' confidence after the "Rojak Geylang Serai" stall's food poisoning outbreak, three temporary markets have brought forward their spring cleaning exercise.

At the Albert Centre Temporary Market, over 170 stalls took part in the National Environment Agency's Spring Cleaning Exercise on Monday morning.

Besides the stalls, ceilings, fans and other shared spaces were also cleaned.

NEA officers did not report any rat problems at the market. But the hygiene ratings for the 73 cooked food stalls in the market have fallen after it moved to the temporary premises near Bugis MRT Station.

NEA's grading assessment three months after the move showed two stalls losing their "A" rating, while more than 40 stalls lost their "B" ratings. And the "C" ratings saw a threefold increase.

NEA cites the housekeeping and poorer fittings and fixtures at the temporary premises as reasons for the change in ratings.

Two other temporary markets - at Ang Mo Kio and Tekka - also brought forward their spring cleaning exercise to Monday.

Spring cleaning for the temporary market near Ang Mo Kio Block 628 was scheduled on 27 April, while the Tekka Temporary Market was supposed to conduct its spring cleaning in May.

- CNA/ir




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