Vietnam: Rotten tuna causes recent food poisoning

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10:51' 22/06/2009 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge - Rotten tuna was the cause of food poisoning that struck down hundreds of workers between June 11 and 13, Ho Chi Minh City’s Health Department said on June 20.  

The department collected food samples from the companies to test immediately after workers got food poisoning.

According to the department, during the recent hot weather quality of tuna worsened and histamine in the tuna was created, causing severe physical reactions in people.

A large amount of histamine could be poisonous, the department said.

Although the department warned people that tuna caused food poisoning, city shoppers continued to buy cheap local tuna.

On June 20, after eating lunch more than 80 workers at Ha Yen Co Ltd in My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, were hospitalized with skin rashes, stomach pains and dizziness. The workers said they had eaten tuna with bamboo.

One week earlier, more than 350 footwear workers in Ho Chi Minh City’s Thu Duc and Binh Chanh Districts were hospitalized with food poisoning after eating lunch provided by their companies.

More than 170 workers at Minh Nghe Trading and Industrial in Thu Duc District also presented similar symptoms, with skin rashes, headache, and dizziness after eating stewed tuna and water morning glory soup and were rushed to Thu Duc Hospital.

Another 76 workers from Vi An Co. in Tan Phu District and My Hao Co. in Binh Tan District were hospitalized on June 12 for the same reason.

In related news, many people were poisoned in the northern province of Son La after eating beef on June 14.

A beef cow in Me Van Hop died after an unknown cause on June 14 and was sold to villagers as meat.

After eating the beef, many people suffered from stomach pains, vomiting, high fever and diarrhea.

A total of 147 people were poisoned, with 138 being treated at home. The remaining nine are still receiving treatment.  



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