Dozens down with food poisoning - report

2011-01-09 18:45

Cape Town - Dozens of people have been admitted to a hospital in Cape's Town's Strand area for food poisoning, EWN reports.

Disaster management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said they were not sure how widespread or severe the outbreak was.

“Disaster management has just been alerted that 25 people have been reported for food poisoning,” he said. “We have activated the provincial ambulance services…to the scene to determine the cause.”

EWN said emergency personnel were currently treating the affected people in Lwandle near Strand. Authorities said nearly 100 people were affected by the food poisoning.

It is understood that residents ate food that expired in 2007.

It's claimed that the food was distributed to the area on Saturday night by a local businessman.

  • briansmith702 - 2011-01-09 19:01

    Probably an ANC food handout for votes!!!!

      brentjh - 2011-01-10 08:55

      “We have activated the provincial ambulance services…to the scene to determine the cause.” Oh hey, the ambulance can determine the cause! LMAO

  • Greg - 2011-01-09 19:09

    Wouter Basson now lives in the Western Cape

      Lightdancer. - 2011-01-09 20:04

      Not funny...nor called for...

      Loodpil - 2011-01-09 21:09

      I think it's funny, but then again I'm not prone to sense of humour failures...

  • john - 2011-01-09 19:19

    It wasn't perchance chicken, was it? :p

  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-09 19:25

    Supreme Chicken Strikes!

  • stevedupreez - 2011-01-09 21:41

    Why don't they eat cake??

  • Wagga - 2011-01-09 21:56

    They probably all had recycled chicken from KFC.

  • Wagga - 2011-01-09 21:57

    They probably all had some recycled chicken.

  • Yaw - 2011-01-10 01:35

    is the ANC responsible for all South African problems?

      johnstonel32 - 2011-01-10 02:09


      Dawie - 2011-01-10 06:23

      Not completely, the rest of it we blame the bulls - 2011-01-10 08:44

      You not even South African!!1 Go back to Nigeria or whatever border you ran across to get here..

  • jaycee - 2011-01-10 10:40

    Listen JM, when I was in grade 2 at school I believed the story about the cow jumping over the moon. Fortunately I went a few steps further and today I can say that what you're saying falls in the same category of stories. Maybe you got stuck?

  • pawsaw - 2011-01-10 12:00

    I saw the news on TV last night and it appeared that someone (possibly from Sun City) had a quantity of dried goods which were past their use by date to get rid of. This was stuff that looked like pasta and rice and stuff. There may have been tinned stuff as well which wasn't shown. Could pasta which had egg as an ingredient possibly cause food poisoning? Anyway the dumping was done somewher near an informal settlement and the inhabitants took it and used it with result of food poisoning. Irresponsible dumping of food YOU wouldn't use but thought might still be okay for others? Waste not want not.? Noone has died so far but good thing it has been reported as source now knows that food past due date should be destroyed and not dumped where humans can find and use it.

  • johan.klopper1 - 2011-01-10 12:45

    Who distributed the food ????????

  • mr.louis.nel - 2011-01-10 15:16

    Strange, the other article says the food expired in 2003!

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