Food poisoning case: FDA finds Box8 food as per standard, gives it clean chit

According to FDA officials, the rice and daal makhani were tested for spurious ingredients and nothing suspicious was found.

Written by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: June 4, 2016 1:44 am

Almost two months after more than 20 students suffered food poisoning at an education event in the city, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a clean chit to the food supplier, Box8. The quick service restaurant chain had supplied pre-cooked boxes at four venues where the event was held.

The reports of the food sample analysis came this week. According to FDA officials, the rice and daal makhani were tested for spurious ingredients and nothing suspicious was found. Samples of the vomit of students who had consumed the food were also tested.

“Our team visited Box8’s Thane outlet, where the food was prepared. The procedure of cooking was as per FSSAI guidelines,” said Joint Commissioner of Food Suresh Dehsmukh. The latest reports will be a breather for Box8, who was issued an ‘improvement notice’ by the FDA soon after the incident.

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On April 14, over 1,000 students were given the food packets containing rice and daal at an event organised by the India International Model United Nations (IIMUN). An alarm was raised soon after some started vomiting and had to be hospitalised. The organisers made alternative arrangements for meals to the remaining children.

About 20 students were admitted in four city hospitals with complaints of vomiting, abdominal pain and giddiness. Most were discharged within a day. A case was registered against Poncho Hospitality Pvt. Ltd, which owns and operates Box8.

Following the analysis results of the food samples, a meeting was held between FDA and Box8 officials. “A meeting took place today but we have still not received any official communication from FDA regarding the case,” the Box8 spokesperson said.

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