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120 workers stricken with food poisoning

Update: December, 02/2016 - 15:40
Illustrative image: Back in August 2016, also in the Bình Phước Province, some 300 workers in the Minh Hưng - Korea Industrial Zone (located in Chơn Thành District) were hit with food poisoning following contaminated lunches served by the same food caterer. - VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

BÌNH PHƯỚC — Some 120 workers at an industrial zone in the province were hospitalised last night after they fell ill with food poisoning symptoms.

The mass food poisoning occurred to workers at the Yakin Sài Gòn Co. Ltd., located in the Đồng Phú Industrial Zone, Đồng Phú District, southern Bình Phước Province.

According to the workers, who are under care at hospital, upon having the extra-shift meal last night, many late-shift workers started to show symptoms of food poisoning, such as nausea, dizziness, stomache, and even fainting.

These workers were promptly rushed to Thánh Tâm General Hospital and other hospitals in the Đồng Xoài Commune, Bình Phước Province.

Nguyễn Thị Ánh, a worker of Yakin Sài Gòn Co. Ltd., said that normally, late shift workers were provided with standard meals of rice. However, last night, the canteen decided to switch he menu and serve pork noodles and instant ramen with eggs instead. Some workers complained that the noodles and the broth were rather lukewarm.

By 10pm last night, the number of workers suspected to be affected by food poisoning had reached over 120.

Lê Hữu Huy, director of Thánh Tâm General Hospital, said last night, upon being admitted to the hospital and receiving first-aid treatment for half an hour, health conditions of some of the workers had stablised. This morning, while some had recovered and were discharged from hospital, many others were still either unconscious or needed constant watch and intensive treatment.

The provincial Food Hygiene and Safety Department in conjunction with the provincial police and relevant authorities will meet with Yakin Sài Gòn Co. Ltd. representatives to investigate the case.

The increasing number of food poisoning cases occuring in industrial zones throughout the years have triggered public concerns over the quality of meals for workers.— VNS

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