Food poisoning cases up by 24%, including in schools: Malaysian Health Minister

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad says the increase in number of food poisoning cases indicates a lack of safety and cleanliness among people. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PETALING JAYA, Jul 13, 2019, FMT. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad today said the number of food poisoning cases in Malaysia went up by 24% last year when compared to 2017. This included food poisoning cases in national schools, he added, reported the Free Malaysia Today.

Dzulkefly said there were 496 cases last year, compared with 401 cases in 2017.

Dzulkefly added that till May this year another 213 cases had been reported, including 68 at government schools and 26 at private schools.

Another 19 cases were reported from institutions, 55 from individual homes and 45 from other various places.

“The ministry looks at this seriously. This shows our safety and cleanliness level should not be looked at lightly any more,” he said in his speech at the World Food Safety Day here today.

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