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Food poisoning in Sg 2009
Transcript of Food poisoning in Sg 2009
Norani Kassim, 59, who was warded in Alexandra Hospital, died shortly before 10am on Wednesday. The hospital said she was warded with food poisoning on Saturday. The rojak stall which sold the contaminated food was rated 'C' by National Environment Agency officers, who last did a check at the Geylang Serai temporary market in December last year. 'C' is a pass grade.
The Health Ministry says it appears that the transmission, caused by a cross-contamination of rojak and raw seafood ingredients harbouring the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria
Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria cause watery diarrhoea and abdominal cramps, usually with nausea, vomiting, fever and headache. The symptoms typically last between one day and a week. Government have to spend money, effort and manpower on investigation, on healthcare expendixture.
Reflects badly on Singapore hygiene and thus may result in slight decline of tourism. This can reduce the revenue earned by the government through tourism Impacts
(Social) Measures taken Impacts (Political) Impacts (Economic) Meanwhile the Geylang Serai temporary market, which houses about 300 stalls, was closed for routine cleaning on Wednesday and Thursday.
Stalls which do not pass NEA's inspection have to shut down. Investigations on the rojak stall are ongoing. It is uncertain at this point what penalty the hawker faces.
Errant hawkers whose hygiene standards are not up to par face a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine. People were unhappy about this incident and wanted compensation. A poll on channelnewsasia.com found that about 40 per cent of about 450 people felt that the rojak hawker should compensate victims and have his licence revoked. Some people blame the government did not ensure that the hygeine of the stalls are up to standard.
This causes sentiment against the government.