Attack of the tainted food: 6 cases of poisoning in 1 week


Posted at Jul 19 2015 10:43 AM | Updated as of Jul 22 2016 10:43 AM


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A string of of food poisoning incidents gripped some areas in the Philippines the past week. Health officials are looking at improper food handling as a major reason for these cases.

Here are 6 food poisoning cases in this week of eating dangerously.

Durian candy downs nearly 2,000 in Caraga

At least 1,925 people, mostly children, were hospitalized due to stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and other illnesses after eating durian, mangosteen-, and mango-flavored candies.

Health officials said staphylococcus bacteria were found in samples of the tainted candies which were sold across the Caraga region.

"This could be because they (candy makers) did not wash their hands, or their sweat dripped into the candy, or the candy touched their armpits, or they didn't wash up after going to the bathroom," said Health Secretary Janette Garin.