Health Dept investigates suspected food poisoning deaths as public fear mounts
The department is working to establish the scale of the problem and other factors that may warrant a possible recall.
JOHANNESBURG - The Health Department has launched an urgent investigation into possible food poisoning after at least five children died from reportedly eating contaminated noodles.
The department said it was waiting for laboratory results after a team of environmental health experts collected all items related to the suspected food products and sent them for testing.
Last week, two Mpumalanga siblings died moments after sharing a packet of noodles, just a week after a similar incident that claimed the lives of three children was reported in the Eastern Cape.
The department's Foster Mohale said they were working closely with relevant stakeholders to establish the scale of the problem and other factors that may warrant a possible recall of the suspected product.
With no information on which brands or where the suspected contaminated noodles were bought, concerned parents have begun to panic.
Guys, something is not right. Dont give your kids noodles until we are sure of what is going on! pic.twitter.com/aYQ6wfSwCySimphiwe (@DrMandlesilo) November 17, 2021
5 children (3 in Eastern Cape and 2 in Mpumalanga) have died after eating 2 minute noodles. We demand to know the brand name and origin of these noodles. These children deserve justice and we need to prevent any future deaths!Christo (@ChristoThurston) November 18, 2021
Meanwhile, the public has been urged to report suspicious products and practice good food hygiene, including checking labels.