Bacteria in laksa noodles

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the food poisoning cases involving consumers of laksa in Kupang, Baling, Kedang was caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden.
The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the food poisoning cases involving consumers of laksa in Kupang, Baling, Kedang was caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden. PIX: Picture for representational purpose only

KUALA LUMPUR – The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the food poisoning cases involving consumers of laksa in Kupang, Baling, Kedang was caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden.

The investigation and full laboratory analysis report from the Sungai Buloh Public Health Laboratory and the Penang Food Safety and Quality Laboratory had confirmed the findings.

“The agent of cause for the food poisoning is Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden. The bacteria was found in the clinical samples of the patients and the laksa noodles samples involved,” said the Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said, the bacteria was found in a batch of laksa noodles found on 4 October 2018 from the food stall. The noodles sold on the 4 October were produced at the laksa noodles processing premise owned by the laksa stall operator.

The preparation processes, unhygienic storage, temperature of preparation and insufficient heat when reheating the noodles prior to consumption could have contributed to the risk factors for food contamination.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the results of the tests were informed to the food stall owner yesterday.

The DG of Health also stated that Salmonella enterica serovar Weltevreden is a stereotype of Salmonella spp. Symptoms of the infection include fever, vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhoea.

He also added that there were no new cases since 9 October 2018 and the total case remained at 83 cases, including two deaths. 34 cases happened in Perak (including two deaths), 25 cases in Kedah and 24 cases in Selangor. All cases were treated in the hospitals and patients have been discharged.

The laksa stall involved was closed down under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 since 8 October 2018.

The food stall owner should also take immediate actions in ensuring all requirements under the Food Act 1983,  Food Regulations 1985,  Food Hygiene Regulations 2009 and also, the requirements of the Local Authorities are fully met.

“The food stall operator was also informed that they would be allowed to operate again if they have met all requirements by the authorities,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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