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CHP investigating case of suspected food poisoning

27 July 2010

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health reminded people to observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene to prevent food-borne diseases.

The appeal was made following CHP's investigation into a suspected food poisoning case affecting 10 people.

The affected people, six men and four women aged between 26 and 33, developed gastroenteritis symptoms including abdominal pain and diarrhea about five to 14 hours after attending a banquet at a restaurant in Sha Tin on July 11.

Three of them sought medical attention. No hospitalisation was required. All are in stable condition.

The investigation continues.

CHP reminded the public that when dining out, they should:

* Patronise only reputable and licensed restaurants;
* Do not patronise illegal food hawkers;
* Cook food thoroughly;
* Avoid eating raw seafood;
* Be a discerning consumer in choosing cold dishes, including sashimi and raw oysters in a buffet;
* Drink boiled water;
* Use two sets of chopsticks and eating utensils to handle raw and cooked food;
* Do not try to use salt, vinegar, wine and wasabi to kill bacteria as they are not effective;
* Always wash hands before eating and after going to toilet.


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