SINGAPORE - Some children who came down with food poisoning while attending a holiday camp have recovered and returned to school.
A total of 131 people fell ill on Monday (Nov 26) after eating packed meals prepared by FoodTalks Catering & Manufacturer, which is located at Shimei East Kitchen in Bedok.
The Straits Times understands they were given packets of fried macaroni.
Of those affected, 115 were children and 16 were teachers. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said there were no further cases of gastroenteritis reported on Wednesday.
Those who fell ill were attending a Passport to Primary 1 camp organised by Learning Horizon for six-year-olds. Learning Horizon is part of the Busy Bees Asia Group which runs several pre-school chains, including Small Wonder, Pat’s Schoolhouse and Brighton Montessori.
Parents who spoke to The Straits Times said children who attended the camp came from several schools under Busy Bees Asia.
In an email sent to parents, a Learning Horizon spokesman said “more than 60 children and teachers” had vomited on Monday. The camp, originally slated to run from Monday to Wednesday, was suspended “with immediate effect”. A full refund will be given to parents.
Busy Bees Asia’s director of operations and curriculum Ronald Kwong said the company is working with the authorities 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 (all) were discharged within the same day,” he said.
On Tuesday, MOH, the National Environment Agency and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority said in a joint statement that they were investigating an outbreak of gastroenteritis traced to the consumption of food prepared by FoodTalks Caterer & Manufacturer.
Food handlers were sent for stool screening, and food and environmental samples were taken for testing.