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Health Ministry announces initial food poisoning results.

Manama-Feb2(BNA)Food samples taken from a restaurant have tested positive for Salmonella, it was revealed. The Ministry of Health today released initial results of the lab tests following an investigation into an outbreak of a mass food poisoning.

Food Control and Diseases Control Section inspectors collected samples from restaurant food and swabs from staff in the aftermath of the food poisoning outbreak. The food control inspectors shut down the main restaurant, which is suspected of causing the food poisoning outbreak, as well as two affiliated branches.

The staff have been suspended from work, administered proper medication and given health tips to avert any future incidence of food poisoning. In another precautionary measure, the stocks of food suspected of being infected with salmonellosis bacteria have also been destroyed.

In a statement today, the ministry said that the restaurant and branches, at the center of the food poisoning outbreak, would remain closed until health requirements are met.

The inspectors found serious irregularities in storing food at the temporary restaurant branch located at the Autumn Fair.

"Improper food storage conditions at the branch were found in breach of international norms provided a fertile environment for salmonellosis bacteria to reproduce, causing the mass poisoning which broke out recently", the ministry said.

It pledged to continue taking the necessary measures to protect public health, announcing that final results would be released once completed. It called on consumers to strictly abide by health requirements in cooking and storing food, stressing the need to choose well-cooked food and observe personal hygiene, particularly hand washing before eating .

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BNA 1958 GMT 2014/02/02

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