Monday, June 24, 2024

Thousand of People Fall Ill in Southeast Asia Underscoring Urgency of Food Safety

Recent Food Poisoning Incidents in Vietnam, India, and Korea

Last week, Vietnam and India faced alarming cases of food poisoning incidents that left hundreds of people sick. In Vietnam, more than 350 workers at a South Korean plant in Vinh Phuc province fell ill after consuming lunch at the company cafeteria. The employees experienced symptoms such as abdominal pain and nausea, leading to a mass rush to local hospitals. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported, but authorities launched an investigation to determine the cause of the poisoning.

Meanwhile, in India, 90 devotees at a religious ceremony outside a Shiva temple in Nanded district were affected by a suspected food poisoning incident. The practitioners were served porridge and ‘khir,’ a sweet dish made from milk, which led to them feeling ill. However, all of them are now in stable condition after receiving medical care. An investigation is underway to identify the source of the contamination.

In Korea, Busan has seen a rise in foodborne illnesses, prompting the city to conduct comprehensive food safety inspections across all food service businesses and school cafeterias. Nearly 1,500 schools, kindergartens, and daycares are inspected annually, with additional inspections being rolled out for other cafeterias. This proactive approach to food safety has been praised by experts, emphasizing the importance of global food safety standards in preventing such incidents.

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