Friday, December 28, 2007

Asia Food News

It's a busy day for food safety reporting in Asia. Here's the latest from that part of the world.

Food Poisoning In Hong Kong: Ten men reported symptoms of food poisoning, including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. The symptoms began between 1 and 6 hours after the men had eaten turkey purchased from a restaurant. The turkey was purchased on December 26th, and eaten on December 27th. The report makes no mention of how the 10 men stored the cooked turkey.

Don't Always Blame Bacteria: Kidney beans contain a natural toxin, known as lectin, which is inactivated by cooking - something that 248 students in Yunnan Province of China may have found out the hard way. Their school lunch included kidney beans, which authorities suspect were undercooked. The students, who suffered bouts of nausea and vomiting as a result of the meal, are all expected to recover.

Let Them Eat Cake Again: The Singapore bakery chain, Prima Food, which closed early in December due to an outbreak of Salmonella, has been allowed to conduct a trial production run. The trial run is being closely monitored by the local health authorities, who are taking samples at every step of the process and analyzing the samples in the government labs.

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