67 children suffer food poisoning at HCMC kindergarten

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A food safety official in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday said 67 children from a local kindergarten suffered food poisoning after having lunch the day before.


Within five hours of having lunch at around 11 a.m.. the students of Co Non (Young Grass) Kindergarten in District 2 complained of  stomachache, tiredness and nausea, said Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, deputy head of HCMC Food Safety and Hygiene Agency.


Two of them were admitted to hospital due to critical condition, while others received treatment at school, she said, adding that they recovered later the same day.


The students had rice, soup, fish and bananas cooked at the kindergarten together with 207 others. Raw materials for the lunch were provided by Imexco Company in District 11.


The school's kitchen usually complies with all the regulations, according to the city health inspectorate.


Authorities are investigating the incident further.


Le Truong Giang, vice director of HCMC Department of Health, said since last August, there has been no case of collective food poisoning until last month. He said they would further tighten control of food safety and hygiene at group kitchens, especially schools and diners.

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