Maharashtra: 30 children fall sick after consuming food at madrassa

THANE:

Around 30 students of a madrassa in the Bhiwandi township here suffered from suspected food poisoning after having a meal at a function, an official said today.

The children were served food at a feast organised by a person at the madrassa on Tuesday afternoon, Bhiwandi’s tehsildar Shashikant Gaikwad said.

The students, all boys aged around 12 to 15, complained of vomiting, nausea, stomachache and giddiness yesterday following which they were rushed to the government- run IGM hospital in Bhiwandi, he said.

Later, as the health of some of the children started deteriorating, all of them were shifted to the Nair Hospital in neighbouring Mumbai, he said.

Gaikwad visited the children at the hospital last night and said they all were out of danger.

 

An investigation was on into the incident, he added.

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Food poisoning , a common outbreak in 2017

Incidence high in areas where food is cooked in bulk

Recent data put out by the Union Health Ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has indicated that food poisoning is one of the commonest outbreaks reported in 2017. This is apart from acute diarrhoeal disease (ADD).

According to the data, 312 of the 1,649 outbreaks reported till the third week of December 2017 were due to ADD and 242 were due to food poisoning.

The IDSP has interpreted that the incidence of ADD and food poisoning is high in places where food is cooked in bulk, such as canteens, hostels and wedding venues. 

Same trend

A.C. Dhariwal, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the nodal agency under the Union Health Ministry that documents outbreaks and brings out data under its disease surveillance programme, told The Hindu that the trend had been the same over many years.

“It is not just this year. Acute diarrhoeal disease and food poisoning have been common outbreaks since 2008. This is followed by chickenpox and measles,” Dr. Dhariwal said.

Food poisoning, also called food-borne illness, is caused by eating contaminated food. Infectious organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites or their toxins are the most common causes.

Dr. Dhariwal said it was important to follow safety measures and maintain hygiene while handling food. “It is a matter of concern for all as food poisoning outbreaks have increased from 50 in 2008 to 242 in 2017. Similarly, ADD cases have increased from 228 in 2008 to 312 in 2017,” he said, quoting the IDSP data.

 

Overall mortality

Pointing out that the increase in the number of cases was due to better and increased reporting of cases, he said the good thing was that the overall mortality was not alarming.

K.K. Aggarwal, who recently stepped down as the national president of the Indian Medical Association, said infectious organisms or their toxins could contaminate food at any point of processing or production.

“Contamination can also occur at home if food is incorrectly handled or cooked,” he said.

“While it is known that raw meat, poultry and eggs can also harbour diseases, in recent years most outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have been due to contaminated fresh fruits and vegetables,” he said.

PTI reports:

4 of family found dead

Jharkhand: Four members of a family, including three minors, died, while three others were hospitalised in a suspected case of food poisoning at Sitpahari village in Dumka district of Jharkhand on Sunday.

The police said the family had its meal on Saturday night and went to sleep. After they failed to wake up late on Sunday morning, nearby villagers informed the police.

A three-member board of doctors will conduct a postmortem

Illegal restaurant – Unhygeinic – Food poisoning

Consumer complaint  as filed by Farham Momin on Jan 2-2018 in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum 

Sir i am a resident of nigdi, yesterday i had food (Chinese) at this restaurant i was surprised as the hotel is run illegally (Without required permissions) in an illegal structure the place is highly unhygienic i suffered from vomiting and lose motions the place should be closed down in view of public safety also i wasnt provide proper bill for my order.

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Please file complaint with your area District Designated Officer (Food Safety)

Caterer booked in food poisoning case

Chafai Mahila Sanstha’s office sealed; school decides to stop serving mid-day meals
An FIR has been filed against the organisation that supplied mid-day meals to a government-aided school in Jogeshwari, where 37 students were hospitalised after eating khichdi on Wednesday.
Meghwadi police said on Saturday that they had registered a case against Chafai Mahila Sanstha, a Bhandup-based women’s self-help group, three days after 37 Class V and Class VII students of Bal Vikas Vidya Mandir suffered from food poisoning. The students were rushed to Kokan Hospital in Jogeshwari for treatment when they began vomiting after having lunch.
Samples sent for tests
Senior Police Inspector Pandurang Patil said, “We have filed a case of endangering life or personal safety of others under the Indian Penal Code against Chafai Mahila Sanstha in connection with the incident. We have sealed the office and kitchen of the organisation in Kanjurmarg.”
Mr. Patil said samples of the khichdi served on Wednesday and samples of other food items prepared at Chafai Mahila Sanstha’s kitchen have been sent for analysis. Action will be taken after reports of the analysis are received on Monday.
Meanwhile, the school authorities decided to discontinue the mid-day meal scheme following a meeting with parents on Saturday. Archana Bhanushali, principal, Bal Vikas Vidya Mandir.
Archana Bhanushali, principal, Bal Vikas Vidya Mandir, said, “The parents and the management reached a unanimous decision to stop serving mid-day meals. We realise that it is mandatory to implement the mid-day meal scheme in all schools, but will do so only in consultation with parents.”
Parents’ consent sought
Sahdev Sawant, vice-chairman of the school’s management board, said, “We still haven’t received a new proposal from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the mid-day meal scheme. No action will be taken without the involvement of parents.”
Mr. Sawant said inquiries were being conducted to find out how only students of Class V and Class VII suffered from food poisoning while over 600 students were served the same food.

Food poisoning after eating KFC chicken

Food Business Operator : KFC

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Place : Forum Value Mall Whitefield, Bengaluru

Product : Grilled wings, Chicken Ginger

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Photos : Representational

Issue : Nausea . vomiting after eating

Consumer complaint as posted by Vivek Medaramitla on Dec 7th in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

Yesterday i ordered chicken longer box, grilled wings and chicken zinger at kfc forum value mall whitefield around 7 30 pm and i started developing nausea and food poisoning which lead vomiting and loose motion.. I am not allergic to any food substance.. But the quality of kfc got reduced drastically.. Its like eating a tasteless chicken.. We opt to go for kfc even though there are lot of fried chicken outlets because of the brand value and quality maintained. But its clearly visible that kfc lost its sheen in india.. No more kfc

 

Complaint Status

[Dec 07, 2017] KFC India customer support has been notified about the posted complaint. 

 

Food poisoning in Govt.Nursing College Hostel – 20 admitted in hospital

Common myths about food poisoning and how to avoid it

In some cultures, eating out is a common practice for various reasons. This may be because it’s more
convenient and economical. In other cultures, cooking at home is the mainstay. Whichever one you’re
used to, one important aspect should not be overlooked, and that’s cleanliness.
Food safety is important whether you eat out or prepare meals at home. Food poisoning is often viewed as a less important health issue, but the truth is that it can be fatal. Here are some misconceptions we often have about food poisoning:
Food poisoning is caused by a myriad of bacteria and viruses. They can take anywhere from 6 hours to five days to cause a reaction. Therefore, your discomfort isn’t necessarily the product of what you last ate. For example, Noroviruses take about 12- 48 hours to cause a reaction, whereas E. coli can take anywhere from one to eight days to cause symptoms.
The truth is, even trained chefs make mistakes and undercook meat. In order to ensure that all the bacteria and viruses are completely killed, meat has to be cooked at a temperature above 70⁰C and the entire chunk of meat has to reach this temperature. Often times the outer sections may be hot enough but the heat doesn’t reach the deeper parts. The only way to avoid this is by using a meat thermometer.
In reality, not all food poisoning causes diarrhea and vomiting. It sometimes manifests itself as a fever first, followed by headaches and joint pain, eye irritation and painful urination before any abdominal issues crop up. These symptoms are different from one individual to another, so don’t rule food poisoning out even though diarrhea and nausea aren’t present.
The cleanliness of your home cooked food depends very much on your handling of the raw ingredients and how they’ve been stored and cooked. It’s definitely not true that you can only catch a bug from eating out. In fact, choosing hygienic and well-regulated eateries won’t get you stomach flu anytime soon.
This well-known misconception can be dangerous, as vegetarians and vegans can get food poisoning too. In fact, about a quarter of all food poisoning cases are caused by fruits and vegetables, especially when they’re eaten raw like in a salad.
Since food poisoning seems to spread rather easily, here are some things you would want to practice in order to avoid it and minimize the chances of catching the illness.

  • When cooking at home, avoid cross-contamination by having two sets of knives and chopping boards, one for the meats and one for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Wash your hand thoroughly with soap and water when preparing any ingredients.
  • Avoid eating food from cans that are bloated or dented as this is a sign that there’s gas being released by the abundance of organisms within.
  • Don’t leave meats sitting outside the refrigerator too long as this encourages the growth of microorganisms. Additionally, repeated freezing and defrosting is a bad idea as this accelerates microbial growth. You should take out only the portion of frozen meat you want and defrost it
  • only once.
  • Raw foods like uncooked meats should not be allowed to touch ready to eat foods and they should be kept separate.
  • When eating out, choose hygienic places with a good cleanliness rating from the local authorities.
  • Make sure you reheat leftovers in the fridge thoroughly, especially in a microwave before consuming them. Pay attention to signs of decay and awful smells.
  • Drink pasteurized milk that has been heated to kill germs before being sold.
  • Use a temperature to ensure that meats are cooked through. They should be between 68⁰C to 74⁰C to ensure all germs are killed.
  • Eggs should always be cooked through, but if you’re using raw eggs in a recipe, make sure they come from a regulated source and have not gone past their expiry date.
It’s always good to be careful and take the necessary precautions to avoid being down and out from food poisoning. These steps will help protect your family and loved ones too. Remember that good food