Al Ruwais: No Deaths due to Food Poisoning, ADFCA and Health Authority Clarify
Denying reports of death due to food poisoning in Al Ruwais, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and Health Authority issued the following statement:
Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Director, Customer Care & Corporate Communications confirmed that HAAD received a notification about 19 workers admitted in Ghayathy hospital today with Abdominal pain and dizziness and weakness and one case reported from Al Ruwais Hospital. The health authority team from Communicable Diseases Department and in coordination with HAAD Operation Center was following the incident closely and the cases reported so far are with mild symptoms and were admitted to the hospital for further investigation. All of the cases were discharged today evening. There is no single case confirmed to have food poisoning at this stage. There is no death cases reported for food poisoning related to this incident. We are closely following the cases and coordinating with ADFCA according to the procedures.
Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), said: "In response to queries about the alleged food poisoning incident in Al Ruwais, we would like to confirm that we have received a notification regarding suspected cases of food poisoning. Investigations into the matter have been initiated and we will be able to either confirm or deny food poisoning only after the investigations have been completed. As per the procedure followed, the Health Authority notifies ADFCA on any case of food poisoning and request us to investigate. On receiving the request, ADFCA inspectors investigate the case and collect samples of the food that caused the poisoning and take necessary measures to test them in our laboratories. We call upon the public and the media not to fall prey to rumors. We are always transparent with the media and the public and if there are any food risks and food-borne catastrophes, we are always the first to approach the media and state the facts."