Food vendor under investigation

A city vendor has been allowed to continue operations despite being the subject of an investigation by the health authorities.

Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael said the authorities deemed the vendor’s continued operation to be of no risk to the general public, despite reports of food poisoning. However he added that this does not mean the vendor has been cleared of responsibility.

Michael said at least four persons who purchased food from the vendor last Friday have reported cases of vomiting and diarrhoea.

A caller into Observer Radio’s Voice of the People programme yesterday said her mother was hospitalised after eating from the vendor.

“My mother was one of the innocent citizens who bought a sandwich from a vendor in town and she was food poisoned badly; to the point that she could not talk or walk and it affected her a lot and she was rushed to the emergency room by the ambulance,” the caller said.

The caller requested that the vendor to be closed down until investigations are complete.

“I think if they are going to investigate her, they should not have her selling on the street because you never know what kind of preparations she is doing now. Until investigations are finished I don’t think she should be selling food.”

When contacted by The Daily OBSERVER, the food vendor said she was confused by the matter, noting that over 100 people were served on Friday, while only four fell ill.

The vendor said she has been in operation for over 20 years and it is the first time she has received reports of food poisoning.

The Chief Health Inspector expects investigations to be completed by Wednesday.

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