People who sought treatment in hospitals following food poisoning | Photo: Mathrubhumi News Screengrab
Pathanamthitta: More than 100 people, who took part in a baptism ceremony feast at Mallappally, allegedly suffered food poisoning and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals. The condition of one person remains critical.
The feast took place on Thursday at St Thomas Church in Mallappally. Food cooked by a catering firm in Chengannur was served at the feast.
Around 190 people took part in the event. However, many of them suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea the next day.
According to reports, around 100 people, who took part in the feast, sought treatment at hospitals in Adoor, Ranni and Kumbanad, within the next two days.
As per preliminary assumption, the food poisoning was caused due to the poor quality of the food served at the feast.
“A complaint will be lodged with the authorities in connection with the incident,” said the organisers of the event.
Meanwhile, the catering firm claimed that the same dishes that were served in Mallappally were distributed in Parumala and two other places on the very same day.
“No issues were reported in those places,” they said.
State Health Minister Veena George ordered an enquiry into the incident. The probe is to be done by the Food Safety Department that has been asked to submit a report immediately.
The police said they filed a case against the caterers who provided the meals. Food samples were collected and sent for testing, the police said.
(With PTI inputs)