Taipei -Food contamination blamed for diarrhea outbreak at 4 Taipei schools

Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 16 (CNA) Bacterial contamination of boxed lunches was the cause of a diarrhea outbreak that occurred earlier this month among nearly 500 students at four schools in Taipei, a health official said Monday.

Wang Ming-li (王明理), head of the Food and Drug Division under Taipei City Government’s Department of Health, said the boxed lunches served on Jan. 5 at the four schools was found to contain high levels of bacillus cereus, a type of bacteria that produces toxins and can cause illness in conditions where it multiplies rapidly in food.

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