Central Quang Ninh Province’s Ha Long City police are hunting for those who left cakes and sweets under a tree on a street that allegedly poisoned five students some days ago.
Strange cakes and sweets that caused poisoning to 5 junior high school students in northern Ha Long City Photo: Dan Tri
* 20 kg of cakes and candy were left under the tree
* The students ate them, were hospitalized but have recovered
At 2 p.m. March 24, five students of four classes of the Hung Thang junior high school suffered symptoms of food poisoning like vomiting, dizziness, limb trembling and exhaustion, after they ate some cakes and sweets left under a tree about 400 meters from their school.
They were taken to hospital and after emergency aid, have recovered.
Some other students also ate the cakes and candy, but they were not poisoned as they ate them less than the five.
After being informed, local police have launched an investigation into the case to hunt for those who left the food there, according to senior lieutenant colonel Phi Van Minh, head of the city police department.
The police seized about 20 kg of cakes and candy left under the tree and sent them to the city sub-department of Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control for testing, the official said.
These cakes and candy were packed in colorful boxes and bags with Vietnamese legends that indicate Ho Chi Minh City as the place of production, Vu Van Hanh, head of the city Education and Training Department, told Dan Tri.
Most of the foods were within the best period for use, as indicated by the expiry dates on the packaging, Mr. Hanh said.
After the poison incident, the department has ordered all local schools to warn their students not to eat any cakes or candy left on streets. Parents have also been asked to advise their children on the matter, the official said.
Students have been required to report to their schools whenever they find out any strange candy, he added.