Tainted food has caused 120 children from three kindergartens in Nanchang, Jiangxi province to fall ill.
As of 11.30pm on Tuesday (Sept 5), 120 children had been diagnosed
with food poisoning at Jiangxi Provincial Children’s Hospital, the
city’s education authority said on Wednesday.
Of those, 36 were hospitalised, 62 were held for observation and 22 who had mild symptoms were sent home after treatment.
Symptoms included vomiting, dizziness and abdominal pain, but no fever.
Feng Shengzhe, a three-year-old boy, was among the sick children. His
father, who declined to give his name, said the boy ate a cake on
Tuesday afternoon at the kindergarten and started vomiting at around 5pm
“More than 40 children in my son’s kindergarten ate the cake, and 10 began vomiting,” the father said.
Lian Qinchen, a three-year-old boy from another kindergarten, also
started vomiting at around 5pm on Tuesday after eating a cake at his
kindergarten, his mother said. The boy was also hospitalised.
By 4pm on Tuesday, no new cases had showed up, but 32 children
remained warded for treatment, according to a statement released by the
provincial health authorities.
The city’s health and education departments said they are working
with the police as well as local food and drug authorities to
investigate the incident. Parents suspected that the tainted cakes from
the same producer were the problem.
“The kindergarten has been buying cakes from a shop which they think
are very good,” Feng Shengzhe’s father said. “I really worry about it,
and I will take my son out of the kindergarten when he recovers.”
He added that the family will seek compensation from the
kindergarten, including medical fees and his loss of income incurred by
Lian Qinchen’s mother said the kindergarten should increase its awareness of food safety. (StraitsTimes)