India: Over 42 cases of food poisoning on day of festival

Express 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

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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 motions.

The 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.

According 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.

More 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 hospitals.

Sources 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, Hans Hospital and Kalrav Hospital.

While 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."

 

 

 

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