The reason why cream puffs are suspected of causing poisoning that left 1 child dead and 19 people hospitalized

Many people did not attend the Mid-Autumn Festival party at the Palm Heights apartment building (Thu Duc City) but still had symptoms of poisoning after eating cream puffs brought home from the party.
At a regular meeting providing information on socio-economic issues and epidemic prevention and control in Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of October 5, Ms. Pham Khanh Phong Lan, Head of Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board officially spoke out about the cause of poisoning after the Mid-Autumn Festival party at Palm Heights apartment building (Thu Duc City).

According to Ms. Phong Lan, the reason why the Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board focused on investigating cream puffs and suspected cream puffs was the cause of poisoning for dozens of people in Thu Duc recently is because there were many People have symptoms such as stomach pain, intestinal cramps, nausea… even when not attending the party.

Accordingly, the apartment management board distributed cream puffs for the children to eat. Because there were leftovers, they gave them to apartment staff to take home. The common point in the poisoning cases is that they all ate cream puffs from the party, and did not use additional products such as sausages, soft drinks… similar.

One of the cases that brought cake home to eat and food poisoning occurred was Ms. Ut’s family. Notably, after bringing the cake home, Ms. Ut did not put the cake in the refrigerator but left it outside overnight while this was a cold cream cake.

According to the Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board, as soon as receiving news of the incident, the board inspected and tested all milk ingredients, eggs, butter… used to make cakes and 2 samples. Leftover cakes from 2 households in the apartment building and cake samples at the production facility. However, up to now it has not been determined exactly which products and ingredients caused a series of food poisoning cases and the death of a 6-year-old child .

Unfortunately, when the incident was discovered, it had happened a relatively long time ago. The incident happened on Friday night but the department did not receive information until Monday morning. This makes the verification process difficult.

“Although it was slow, when the notice was received, all those attending the party were investigated, from which more than 50 people were found to have symptoms of poisoning. By October 3, 19 people were hospitalized.

If by chance, some children with weak health and underlying medical conditions suffer from food poisoning that lasts for a long time, they could die,” said the Head of the Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board.

According to initial results, it was determined that from the production facility to the distribution of cream puff products, all criteria were met during the inspection and certification process to ensure food safety.

Lelia Prosacco

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