Mass poisoning: Food expired in 2003

2011-01-10 14:09
Cape Town - A driver contracted to Simply Value Factory Food to dump the expired food which poisoned 151 people, allegedly decided to distribute it in the community instead, some of which expired in 2003.

A total of 151 people were treated for food poisoning in Cape Town over the weekend, the city's Disaster Risk Management Centre said on Monday.

Residents of Lwandle became ill after eating expired food that had apparently been handed out, spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"According to our information a driver from the removal company contracted to Simply Value Factory Food shop to dump the food, decided to distribute it in the community."

Some of the food was found to have expired in 2003.

The city said it will definitely prosecute although no one had been charged yet, and authorities were still investigating. Health inspectors had taken samples of the food for testing.

Shop manager Santa Kotze was not immediately available for comment.

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