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Child dies of suspected food poisoning at Mid-Autumn Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Child dies of suspected food poisoning at Mid-Autumn Festival in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, October 03, 2023, 12:05 GMT+7
Child dies of suspected food poisoning at Mid-Autumn Festival in Ho Chi Minh City
The alleyway in Thu Duc City, an administrative district of Ho Chi Minh City, where Q. and her family lived before she died of suspected food poisoning on October 1, 2023. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Police in Ho Chi Minh City are investigating the death of a young girl who died after eating cream puffs taken from a Mid-Autumn Festival event at a local apartment complex.

Six-year-old P.N.Q. died late Sunday evening after eating cream puffs on Friday evening which were taken from a Mid-Autumn Festival event hosted by the Palm Heights apartment complex in Thu Duc City, an administrative district of Ho Chi Minh City, said Pham Khanh Phong Lan, head of the Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board.

The cream puffs, produced by a well-known bakery, were donated to the event by a local coffee shop to be given out to children and staff at the building.

Q.’s mother, a service worker at Palm Heights, brought some extra cream puffs from the event to her home in Thu Duc late Friday night. She stored them outside of the refrigerator and ate them the next morning with her children, Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper reported.

By the afternoon, all three were vomiting and had diarrhea. They then visited a local clinic where they were given medicine, but it did not help.

On Sunday afternoon, they visited Le Van Thinh Hospital and were given different medicines. 

Despite the medicine, Q.’s health continued to decline.  Her mother brought her back to the hospital at 11:00 pm that evening, but by that time she had already fallen into a coma.

Her blood pressure was too low to be measured and doctors said her skin was pale and cold to the touch.

She was immediately put under cardiopulmonary resuscitation but eventually passed away, Dr. Tran Van Khanh, director of the hospital, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday evening.

According to Dr. Khanh, Q. was not admitted to the hospital on her first visit because she appeared to be stable, calm, and alert.  

By Sunday, five other reports of children being poisoned by the same batch of cream puffs given away at the event had been made to the management board.

The board said it has provided some samples of the cream puffs to local health agency for testing and is coordinating with the municipal authorities to determine the cause of the food poisoning.

“Thu Duc City Police are investigating the cause of the child’s death. The Food Safety Management Board has sent an official dispatch to the city’s Health Department requesting verification [of the incident],” Lan told Tuoi Tre.

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Vinh Tho - Thu Hien - Minh Hoa - Nguyen Tri / Tuoi Tre News


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