Cook the mussels, Malaysia: 128 come down with food poisoning after end-of-school party

Three students from the Muar Vocational College were admitted to the hospital here for severe food poising after consuming seafood at its end of school party last Saturday.

Johor Health and Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said the three were among 128 who came down with food poisoning after consuming seafood at the party.

“The three have been hospitalised but the others were given outpatient treatment and sent back. The initial investigation showed that mussels could have been the cause of the poisoning,’ he said.

Gross: Malaysian factories found making ice from waste water

A local Malay daily has revealed the absolutely disgusting conditions in which ice cubes are made, rendering our thirst-quenching chilled drinks, the most unhygienic ever.

dirty-iceIn an investigative piece today, Sinar Harian reported on the existence of several “rogue” ice factories in the Klang Valley that use waste water to produce ice cubes and ice slabs.

Besides using obviously filthy water unfit for human consumption, the ice is manufactured in extremely unhygienic surroundings as well.

According to the report, one factory that allegedly “recycled” waste water into ice, even channelled this water to the ice-producing machine via pipes that had moss growing on the inside.

It was learned that waste water was preferred as it was already in a cold state and hence froze faster.

This short cut also invariably translated into more products in a shorter time span, and higher profits for the manufacturers.

And the horror does not stop there. If the sight of stray animals scavenging around in the ice processing area at some factories was not enough to make you gag, how about ice cubes stored on rusty trays?

The report said the toilets at these premises were also in a filthy state, and pools of stagnant water in other parts of the factory due to clogged drainage systems only made the manufacture of ice cubes and ice slabs all the more unhygienic.

52 college students in Malaysia fall ill after cafeteria meal

A total of 52 students from the Gopeng Matriculation College suffered food poisoning after eating chicken at the cafeteria.

roti canai, school lunch, kuala lumpur, malaysia

roti canai, school lunch, kuala lumpur, malaysia

Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said some of the students started showing symptoms of vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, dizziness, fever and abdominal pain early on Sunday.

“The students sought outpatient treatment at Kampar Hospital and nearby government and private clinics.

“All are in stable condition and under close observation,” she said here yesterday.

Dr Juita said stool samples, oral swabs of the food handlers and samples of the food had been taken and sent for analysis to find out the cause of any possible contamination.

She said the cafeteria was ordered closed with immediate effect, pending the results of the tests.

The cafeteria operator, who had only just taken over the contract to supply food, has been slapped with a RM1,000 fine under Regulation 34 of the Food Act.

On Wednesday, some 53 students at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar went down with food poisoning after having meals at the dining hall.

Malaysians okay with dirty eateries

The number of eateries the Malaysian Health Ministry (MOH) was compelled to close in the past two years reflected a poor awareness among Malaysians on food safety and hygiene.

food-handler1“In 2015, a total of 124,254 food premises were inspected. Of this 2,422 (1.9%) were ordered closed.

“A total of 8,210 compounds were issued to food premises operators for offences committed under the Food Hygiene Regulations 2009,” said MOH director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The situation shows no sign of improving.

Up till March this year, 645 of the 28,026 food premises inspected were ordered to close.

Already, 3,418 compounds have been issued for various offences.

A circular issued by the ministry on Food Hygiene Regulations 2009, which was fully enforced from January 2014, stated 33 compoundable offences for food operators.

They range from licensing to the transportation of meat, cooked food and raw fruits as well as vegetables.

Maximum penalties include fines not exceeding RM10,000 or not more than two years’ jail, or both.

Continual public patronage is the reason why dirty eateries thrive, said MPSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Muhammad Azli Miswan.

He cited an example of an eatery in USJ 10, Subang Jaya, which had been issued with 30 compounds but continued to run on full house daily.

“People who care about their health should give dirty eateries a wide berth.

“But in Malaysia, a dirty food stall or restaurant is not a deterrent to customers,” he observed.

It does not help that Malaysians have a “forgiving” and tolerant nature towards dirty food handlers.

 

Even Malaysia blames foreigner(s) as it steps up food safety checks, especially for students

Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (lower left, not exactly as shown), chairman of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), writes that media reports on cases of food poisoning in Malaysia, especially involving students, seem to be on the rise lately.

FoodFightAnimalHouse-185x141NIOSH views the matter seriously and would like to urge everyone involved, including the relevant authorities, school administrators, owners of eateries, caterers, food handlers and parents to take appropriate steps to prevent food contamination from becoming a serious health threat.

We do not want to see a repeat of the recent food poisoning case in Batu Gajah, Perak which claimed one life and left several others needing hospital care.

Less than a month after the incident in Batu Gajah, where victims consumed pesticide-contaminated food bought at a stall there, another food poisoning episode took place at Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah in Perak. In this incident, 43 students and a teacher fell sick after eating roti jala with chicken curry at the hostel. It was later found that the chicken used in the curry was contaminated by salmonella bacteria.

It was the second case of food poisoning reported in the school in the past three years. In October 2013, more than 270 students suffered food poisoning from a chicken dish served at the school’s dining hall.

Students must be protected from not only accidents and crime within the school compound but they should also have access to safe and hygienic food in the canteen or dining hall.

As for food outlets and restaurants, the owners must ensure that people whom they hire must be qualified and practise hygienic and safe food preparation and handling.

In the wake of the recent food poisoning incidents, there should be close monitoring on food preparation and handling as well as frequent checks on eateries and school canteens throughout the country.

In Malaysia, roadside food stalls are mushrooming and frequented by the public who seem to be unsure whether these stall owners have certificates from the Health Ministry or permits from local authorities.

animal.house.double.secret.probationFurthermore, many restaurants, cafes and outlets at food courts today hire foreigners to cook and prepare food.

Tan believes that random checks and on-the-spot compound issued by the ministry and local authorities will help improve the cleanliness of the eateries and ensure safe and hygienic food preparation and handling.

The Health Ministry has to conduct more frequent inspections at all eateries as compared to the current practice of once a year, or when there are food poisoning cases or customer complaints. Local authorities also have to step up their inspection at eateries in their jurisdiction and focus on the roadside stalls to weed out the unlicensed ones.

As for primary school pupils, teachers and parents have to teach them food safety and how to spot spoiled food by using senses like sight, smell and taste.

School administrators or parent-teacher associations have to ensure that sinks in school canteens are properly maintained and soap is provided for the students to clean their hands before and after meals. Consumers have to be conscious of food safety and avoid dirty eateries.

How would consumers know? Foodborne organisms that cause illness cannot be seen. Carrots and sticks, shock and shame, rather than just military-like intervention.  Go for full restaurant inspection disclosure.

The Foreigner effect is identical to the Journey effect.

43 sick ‘we did a HACCP test’ Malaysia school poisoning caused by Salmonella

Analysis done on food samples taken from Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah dining hall showed that the food poisoning incident on Sunday was caused by salmonella contamination of the chicken used in the curry.

TAPAH, 4 April -- Seramai 44 orang pelajar asrama dan seorang guru di Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah mengalami keracunan makanan selepas makan di dewan asrama sekolah, Sabtu malam. Seramai 32 orang pelajar menerima rawatan di Hospital Tapah, 11 orang lagi di bilik rawatan sekolah manakala seorang sudah dibenarkan keluar wad. --fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

TAPAH, 4 April — Seramai 44 orang pelajar asrama dan seorang guru di Sekolah Menengah Sains Tapah mengalami keracunan makanan selepas makan di dewan asrama sekolah, Sabtu malam. Seramai 32 orang pelajar menerima rawatan di Hospital Tapah, 11 orang lagi di bilik rawatan sekolah manakala seorang sudah dibenarkan keluar wad.
–fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

State Health director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the ‘Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point’ test done showed that the chickens were not properly stored, allowing the bacteria to breed.

“The chicken meat was not kept at – 6 degree Celsius temperature for 32 hours before being cooked. “During that period, salmonella bacteria could grow exponentially and cause food poisoning,” she said. She also said that the 30-minute cooking time was also too short to kill the bacteria in the two trays of chicken. Juita said 25 students were still being treated at Tapah Hospital.

On Sunday, 43 students and a teacher from the school were rushed to hospital for food poisoning. They had a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting after they ate roti jala and chicken curry for supper at the school’s dining hall the night before.

Teach children to spot spoiled food?

In the same way that dying cancer patients in the UK are being held responsible for telling their doctors to wash their damn hands, Malaysian schoolchildren are being told they are the critical-controlpoint for school meals.

Sharvin A. Subramaniam told The Star Online, “It is also important

roti canai, school lunch, kuala lumpur, malaysia

roti canai, school lunch, kuala lumpur, malaysia

for parents and teachers to learn and teach students on food safety, especially on how to spot spoiled food that may cause food poisoning. This includes using your senses (sight, smell and taste) to determine whether the food is still good to be eaten.

“We should avoid food that has a slimy appearance, foul smell or tastes stale. These simple steps are easy to practise and must be taught to students.”

And often entirely useless.

Malaysian health types launch crackdown on dirty eateries

The Federal Territories health department has launched a crackdown on eateries, stalls and restaurants to curb the spread of typhoid in the city.

malaysia.hawkerDepartment director Datuk Dr Narimah Nor Yahya said Ops Premis Makanan was launched as part of efforts to address the disease.

“To date, our task force has inspected 160 premises in Kuala Lumpur and 10 were shut down for failing inspection guidelines as outlined by the Food Act 1983 and Food Act 2009,” she said.

Speaking during a surprise inspection of a popular hawker centre in Kampung Baru, Dr Narimah appealed to the public to be mindful of where they eat.

Workers at the hawker centre were seen scrambling to clear mounds of dirty dishes and hurriedly washing the floor of their kitchen areas.

Two stalls were served with closure notices for failing to meet spection standards.

Blood samples and contact details of all foreign workers employed at the centre were also collected.

She said it was unacceptable for ice cubes to be stored in dirty open containers and for workers to use their bare hands to handle ice.

“Look at the flies buzzing around the raw meat. This place is definitely getting closed,” she said of one eatery, adding that if any workers were not vaccinated for typhoid, charges would be brought against the employer.

“It is mandatory for restaurant or hawker centre operators to have all their workers vaccinated,” she said.

 

Not good for biz: Tourism delegates fall sick after seafood meal in Malaysia

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, three state exco members and 30 senior tourism officials from Asean countries attending a meeting here suffered severe food poisoning after a seafood meal at a fishing village in Umbai (my fish don’t make anyone sick; always use a thermometer).

fish.mar.15The minister and the foreign delegates were in Malacca for the second high-level task force and 18th senior officials meeting cum 13th Asean socio-cultural community council from March 23 to March 27.

They became ill after a dinner at the village hosted by the state government on March 24.

They complained of acute stomach ache, abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and nausea after consuming seafood dishes from the food arcade at the village.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said a medical team was rushed to the hotel where the delegates were staying after many of them came down with food poisoning after the meal.

Bacteria found in water samples from Malaysia’s vending machines

The water you buy from vending machines in Malaysia may not be as clean as you think.

bottled.water.malaysiaTwenty-nine samples of water were drawn from such machines throughout the Klang Valley – and almost all were contaminated.

There were harmful E. coli, Coliform and Clostridium perfringens microbes – the same kind of bacteria found in untreated sewage.

Coliform and Clostridium perfringens are also the same bacteria found in human and animal faeces.

These bacteria can cause cramps, diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal problems.

The Star conducted the tests together with Forum Air Malaysia, an organisation formed to assist the National Water Services Commission.