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Fatal food poisoning case in Singapore: Caterer and related firm fined S$32,000

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 3): A food caterer in Singapore, Spize, and its related company Spize Events have been fined $32,000 (RM97,500) today over a mass food poisoning case in 2018 that sickened 63 people and caused the death of an auxiliary police officer, reported The Straits Times (ST).

According to the ST report, the companies supplied bento boxes to Brink's Singapore, a security firm, for a company event to celebrate the Deepavali of 2018.

Up to 96 people ate the food, with 63 developing gastroenteritis symptoms (45 were later hospitalised).

It was reported that Mohamad Fadli Mohd Saleh, 38, died eight days later of sepsis and multiple-organ failure “brought about by acute gastroenteritis”.

The city state’s Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) announced in a statement that both companies “were convicted of 14 offences related to the November 2018 incident, including for possessing food unfit for human consumption”.

"However, there was insufficient evidence to link Mr Mohamad Fadli's death to the negligence of any particular individual. As a result, no charges were preferred against any individual," said the AGC and SFA.

According to court documents sighted by ST, salmonella was found on the surfaces of a kitchen used by the two companies and in some of its “ready-to-eat food”.

“Faecal matter was also detected in the ready-to-eat food and kitchen tools,” it added.

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