India: Over 42 cases of
food poisoning on day of festival
News Service Posted: Oct 17, 2008 at 0051 hrs IST
Source of Article: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Over-42-cases-of-food-poisoning-on-day-of-festival/374411
Surat, October 16 : More than 42 cases of food poisoning were reported from
the Katargam area of the city on Chandi Padva festival on
Wednesday. Over 40 people, including minors, were admitted to Prannath hospital and three other hospitals in Katargam, after they complained of vomiting and loose
victims were employees of Pramukh Gems, a diamond
firm in Surat,
which had organised a get together at the community
hall in Katargam on Wednesday evening to mark the Chandi Padva festival. The
employees and their families celebrated the festival by eating gharis, rabdi, farsan and other sweets.
to sources, the number of people who turned up for the function was much more
than expected, as a result of which the organisers ran
out of rabdi. The firm owner Vallabh
Gadhia then sent his staff to bring more rabdi from Chhapra Pendawala, a sweet shop in Varachha.
than 60 people had the rabdi and went home after
the conclusion of the function. Later, however, some people who had the rabdi brought from Varachha
complained of vomiting and loose motions and were admitted to nearby
from the Surat Municipal Corporation said that over
40 people suffered from food poisoning and were treated in four hospitals
including Prannath hospital, Puja Hospital,
a majority of patients were discharged on Thursday afternoon, around 17
patients are still undergoing treatment in the hospitals.
Katargam police officers rushed to the hospitals after learning
about the incident. Surat Municipal Corporation
Deputy Health Commissioner, Dr I C Patel, said: "We sent our teams to
the sweet shop in Varachha and collected rabdi samples from the shop as well as from the community
hall in Katargam. We will carry out various tests
and if the shop owner is found guilty, we will take strict action against him
and cancel his license. We are waiting for the lab test report."