It was just a simple bowl of wonton noodles, but it was enough to land one pregnant woman in hospital with food poisoning.
Speaking to Shin Min Daily News, the woman, who is seven months pregnant, said she was warded for five days. She also vomited and had diarrhea over 100 times after eating at Eng’s Heritage’s Northpoint City outlet on Jan 7.
The 30-year-old had visited the wonton noodle chain with her husband, 32.
Mere hours after eating there, her husband began experiencing sudden sharp pain in his abdomen, she recounted.
He also had diarrhea.
“As for me, it was about 5 am when I started vomiting and having diarrhea. After tossing and turning the whole night, we rushed to a gynecology clinic as we were worried the baby would be affected,” she said.
Fortunately, the doctor reassured her that the baby was fine.
She ended up being warded in a hospital for observation while her husband was able to return home and rest after receiving an injection, she said.
“In the past week, I’ve vomited and had diarrhea more than 100 times. I’m visiting the bathroom every 20 minutes.
“To add to that, having to rush to the toilet with such a big belly made my entire hospitalization process even more exhausting.”
The couple eventually decided to report the matter to the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) due to the severity of his wife’s condition, her husband said.
Little did they know they weren’t the only ones affected.
A total of 26 people reported gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food prepared at the same outlet between Jan 7 and Jan 9, SFA and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement on Jan 13.
Speaking to the Chinese daily, the owner of Eng’s Heritage apologized for the food poisoning incident. The 47-year-old also promised to personally visit the victims, compensate them with gift hampers, and absorb the cost of their medical bills.
“Currently there have been about seven or eight people who have contacted us. Our customers have always been very important to us. Without our customers, we will not exist.”
The license of the Northpoint City outlet has been suspended until further notice, said SFA and MOH.
Before its food handlers can resume work, they will have to re-attend and pass the basic food hygiene course.
All of the outlet’s appointed food hygiene officers are also required to re-attend and pass the food hygiene officer course.
Additionally, the outlet is required to clean and sanitize its premises, equipment, and utensils.