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31 suffer suspected food poisoning after eating 'banh mi' at well-known bakery in Hoi An

31 suffer suspected food poisoning after eating 'banh mi' at well-known bakery in Hoi An

Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 18:38 GMT+7
31 suffer suspected food poisoning after eating 'banh mi' at well-known bakery in Hoi An
A loaf of 'banh mi' bought from Banh Mi Phuong, a well-known bakery in Hoi An, Quang Nam Province, located in central Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Hoi An City under Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam have temporarily suspended Banh Mi Phuong, a famous bakery in the tourist city, after 31 people were poisoned by its food.

Banh mi, a type of Vietnamese baguette filled with cold meats, pâté, and vegetables, is a popular dish in Vietnam.

The Hoi An City Healthcare Center said on Wednesday afternoon that the establishment has been shut down pending an investigation into the suspected food poisoning.

The center on Tuesday afternoon admitted five people in a family due to food poisoning symptoms after eating banh mi at Banh Mi Phuong, situated at 2B Phan Chau Trinh Street in Minh An Ward. 

The center put together an inspection team to investigate the case.

The team discovered many others receiving treatment at hospitals in Quang Nam Province and neighboring Da Nang City for food poisoning on the same day.

All of them had eaten banh mi sold at the bakery.

A patient suffering food poisoning receives treatment at a hospital in Quang Nam Province. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

A patient suffering food poisoning receives treatment at a hospital in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

As of 6:00 pm on Tuesday, as many as 31 people had reported suffering food poisoning after eating banh mi from the famous bakery.

These patients exhibited symptoms of food poisoning such as fever, vomiting, and stomachache.

They savored banh mi on Monday and displayed these symptoms around two hours later, said the Hoi An City Healthcare Center.

Banh Mi Phuong sold 1,920 loaves of banh mi on Monday, along with 1,700 others on Tuesday, according to the investigation results.

The team already sent some samples of banh mi and fillings sold at Banh Mi Phuong to the provincial food safety bureau for testing.

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Tieu Bac – Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre News

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