MALAYSIA: Alarm over contaminated bazaar food in KL
Posted: August 16th, 2011 - 5:05pm
Source: Asia One
KUALA LUMPUR - Fifteen food poisoning episodes involving 550 people have been reported nationwide since the start of Ramadan this month.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said this was worrying as it meant there was at least one episode of food poisoning reported every day over the last 15 days.
Last year, there were 33 episodes involving 961 people for the whole of Ramadan.
"Consumers must be cautious when buying food at the Ramadan bazaar because we do not know when and how the food was prepared," he said when contacted yesterday.
He added that the level of hygiene was also questionable, especially for food that was not covered when displayed at stalls.
The latest episode of suspected food poisoning occurred last Monday when an 11-year-old girl from Klang died after a bout of vomiting and diarrhoea.
She was said to have consumed ais batu campur and otak otak when breaking her fast. The food was bought from a Ramadan bazaar stall. Her family members were also admitted to Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital with similar symptoms.
Dr Hasan said there were many factors that could lead to food poisoning including food preparation and poor storage.