09 Jun '11, 2am

Cross-contamination between pasta and raw food may have been cause of food poisoning at 10 preschools last month

Cross-contamination between pasta and raw food may have been cause of food poisoning at 10 preschools last month

Eight of the preschools are Pat's Schoolhouse centres (above) and the other two are The Children's Place in Kay Siang Road and Learning Vision @ Raffles Place. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN CROSS-CONTAMINATION between pasta and raw food may have been the cause of a mass outbreak of food poisoning at 10 preschools last month. Investigations by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National Environment Agency (NEA) traced the cause of the outbreak to seafood marinara pasta prepared by Mum's Kitchen Catering. The MOH and NEA said in a joint press release on Wednesday that Salmonella enteritidis, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, was found in stool samples collected from those who were affected. Both parties added that there may have been cross-contamination of the pasta with raw food as the bacterium is not native to seafood but is commonly found in items like poultry and egg...

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