Leftover food blamed for poisoning of 30 athletes in Davao
Several student athletes who suffered from food poisoning in Davao over the weekend may have consumed leftover food and contaminated water sources, initial findings of the Davao City Health Office showed.
“[T]he people in charge of the contingent served the leftover food from the previous night for breakfast to the athletes,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was quoted in a news report, citing the findings.
Over 30 students from Mati City who were rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center late Saturday were diagnosed of food poisoning. They said the vomiting and stomachaches followed after their dinner that day.
The students were in Davao to participate in a regional athletic event.
“The leftovers for breakfast were served for lunch and the same happened for dinner,” she added, noting that the athletes may have also been drinking water “not cleared for human consumption.”
Authorities are set to investigate the caterers hired for the event while looking into the accountability of the Mati City contingent managers.