131 kindergarten children & teachers down with food poisoning

A platter of gastroenteritis.

A total of 131 people – including Kindergarten 2 (aged 6) children and their teachers – attending a learning camp have fallen ill with gastroenteritis after consuming food from a caterer.

None of the victims have been hospitalised. It is understood that the camp was organised by Busy Bees Asia.

The food was prepared by FoodTalks Caterer & Manufacturer.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA), Ministry of Health (MOH) and Agri-Food an Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a joint statement on Monday (Nov 26) that they conducted a joint inspection of the caterer’s premises in Bedok on Tuesday.

As part of the investigations, food and environmental samples were taken for testing, and the food handlers were sent for stool screening.

Busy Bees Asia is currently working with the agencies to determine the cause of the food poisoning.

“All affected have received the required medical attention, and none of our students or teachers had to be admitted to hospital and were discharged within the same day.”

– Busy Bees Asia Director of Operations, Ronald Kwong

What is gastroenteritis?

According to WebMD, “your stomach and intestines are irritated and inflamed. The cause is typically a viral or bacterial infection.”

Symptoms of gastroenteritis include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, cramping fever, and a headache.

Gastroenteritis is particularly common in young children. It usually clears up by itself within a week.

Statement by Busy Bees Singapore

Dear Parents,

Suspected Food Poisoning Incident

We have an unfortunate incident at hand when we were notified a number of our children and teachers vomited and had to seek medical attention after consuming catered food at a camp yesterday.

Immediately, we reported the case to the Ministry of Health, NEA as well as ECDA and suspended the K2 camp.

We are working very closely with Learning Horizon and NEA to investigate the cause, and we were notified NEA would carry out a visit to the supplier’s kitchen and do a thorough investigation.

Our heart goes out to our children, parents as well as our teachers. Pending the investigation and advice by the authorities, we reserve the right to take further action on the food supplier on any possible negligence and distress caused to our children, teachers and their families.

We take this matter very seriously, but our priority now is to make sure our children receive good medical care and get well soonest.

Our staff are in touch with parents to provide the support they need, and we will continue to provide prompt updates on the situation.

Yours sincerely,
Ronald Kwong
Director, Operations
Busy Bee Singapore Pte Ltd

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