Gombak food poisoning: Police record statements from five more individuals

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have taken statements from five more individuals to assist in the investigation of the food poisoning case in Gombak that resulted in the deaths of a 2-year-old and a 17-year-old teenager.

Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Noor Ariffin Mohamad Nasir said 13 individuals had been interviewed so far.

"The five individuals interviewed were family members, a pathologist, and a waiter," he said in a statement today.

Police had recorded statements from eight people yesterday, including the catering operator.

Two people, a 19-month-old girl and a 17-year-old boy died of suspected food poisoning after they consumed food catered for a school programme in Gombak.

Selangor health director Dr. Ummi Kalthom Shamsudin said 82 people suffered food poisoning after having breakfast prepared for a school programme on Saturday.

The source of the food poisoning is understood to be the fried vermicelli and eggs prepared for the event.

The appearance and taste of the food was apparently different.

The Health Ministry has detected Salmonella in stool samples related to the food poisoning incident.

The Selangor Healh Department said the results of other samples sent to the National Public Health Laboratory in Sungai Buloh were still pending.

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