Wednesday, October 5, 2011


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                            Recently, there was a sudden outbreak of food poisoning for the people who took food in a canteen in the Indian Institute of Technology @  Bombay. The officials of the state's FDA (Food and Drug Administration, Maharashtra)immediately investigated the incident thoroughly.
               The caterers who were serving in the IIT canteen were associated with the institute for the last four years and that this being the first incident-of-its-kind and they were completely clueless about which food content could have possibly triggered food poisoning.
                                           Four samples of the stools and water were taken, out of which three indicated of Klebsiella and the other one indicated the presence of E-coli. Investigation about the origin is still going on.
             Salads, raw fruits and vegetables, cold meat, marine shrimp, milk and milk products are the suspected sources for this outbreak. Raw vegetables in the chinese food served to the students were doubted as the source.The cateres have been strictly instructed to follow personnel hygiene.

Symptoms related to Klebsiella:

  • Watery Diarrhoea

  • Cramps.

  • Pneumonia -an inflammatory condition of the lung especially affecting the microscopic air sacs (alveoli).

  • High fever, chills, flu-like symptoms.

  • Productive cough  with lot of mucous. The mucous or sputum that is coughed up is often thick and blood- tinged and has been referred to as "currant jelly" sputum due to its appearance.
           India is carrying out many researches on this bacterium. Yet another research involving comparison of beta-lactamase genes in clinical and food bacterial isolates and the new SuperBug: NDM1 (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamas1) are also ongoing in India.


Thangasivam B.Pharm,M.B.A,DPH said...

useful article.........

sury said...

Quite informative. In fact, Tamil Nadu Government should do well in banning road side kaiyendi stalls where you find garbages and sewerage water flowing in and around the places where gullible and vulnerable people stand and taste sundal, vadai, bonda and what not ?
This apart, I find that Aavin milk also contains some sort of fat, not natural. So the curd out of this milk is more rubber like. I wish you may throw more light on this aspect also.
However, when I discuss with the doctors as to what eat at all, when it appears all the things around are either adulterated or contaminated, he said, " water "...but after a pause, he continued, I am not sure, you will have to drink it after boiling it at 100 degrees C for at least 5 minutes.
It is strange that despite the unclean, dirty garbages, sewerages around people in chennai are still managing their health.
You do good work by this blog. Please continue.
My best wishes.
subbu rathinam

vectron said...

This raises many ???? Food Safety licensing is for FBO @ manufacturing/production site only. Industrial Catering - where food is cooked in a place, transported and served in the company s dining area. Anything may happen if good hygienic practices are not followed in the transit period.If dining area is unhygienic - who is to blame? FBO / Indl.establishment.

FOOD said...

I would like to inform you that license is granted to a FBO to manufacture the food in a hygenic and safe way. And therefore it is his responsibility to make it to reach the consumer in the same safe manner.


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