WHILE THE Railways has claimed the food served on the Karmali-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Tejas Express on Sunday was satisfactory after 40 passengers fell ill, the preliminary inquiry report has suggested the quality of two food items served to the passengers be tested — omelette served in breakfast and soup served before lunch.
As many as 24 passengers, who were served a breakfast of omelette, cutlet, juice, coffee and tea between 9.30 am and 10 am and tomato soup at 12.30 pm before lunch complained of nausea, stomach pain and uneasiness. The train was stopped midway and the passengers rushed to Life Care Hospital in Chiplun, from where they were discharged the same night.
A three-member committee consisting of senior railway officials from the Central Railway (CR) and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said on Monday the food served on the train was satisfactory and all packed items were within their respective expiry dates. It said two children vomited first after eating ‘hilsa’ (fish) which a group of passengers had cooked and eaten before boarding the train; the rest felt nauseous due to the smell and started throwing up.
But the inquiry committee hasn’t completely ruled out any problem in the quality of the omelette and soup and suggested they be tested. The report says, “While the actual reasons are yet to be established, it appears… the cases of vomiting and uneasiness could have been triggered by one of the following reasons: (a) quality of omelette served in breakfast, (b) quality of soup served before lunch and (c) stench in the air-conditioned coach after two children vomited.”
Officials said the two food items were included in the probe report after some passengers complained about them. The food test lab in Dadar will check the quality of the items.