South Africa launches investigation into food poisoning after 5 children die

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After five children’s deaths have been attributed to food poisoning, the National Department of Health on Friday said it has launched an investigation into the matter with the results to be released within 48 hours.

Five children, three in the Eastern Cape and two in Mpumalanga, perished after allegedly eating toxic noodles recently, police said, but autopsy results have not been released.

The probe came after the health department held a meeting on Thursday with the Environmental Health Practitioners from the provinces and municipalities rocked by these deaths to gain more information.

The department also said it was planning on obtaining more information on where the toxic noodles were purchased, the brand name, and its manufacturer.

According to the department, a team of environmental health experts then collected all other items related “to the suspected food products” and sent to the laboratory for testing.

The data collected will aid researchers in establishing whether the noodles consumed by the children led to their death, as well as in notifying the manufacturers. A large-scale laboratory test would be needed to confirm whether any affected products should be recalled from shelves for further evaluation.

The department has urged the public to report any suspicious food products to the authorities. Enditem

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