Keracunan makanan di dua sekolah

17 Julai 2012, Selasa

http://www.utusan.com.my/info.asp?y=2012&dt=0717&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_16.htm
Oleh MOHAMMAD YASIR JAAFAR dan ASLIZA MUSA
pengarang@utusan.com.my

SEKUMPULAN murid SK Sungai Rapat yang menerima rawatan pesakit luar selepas dipercayai keracunan makanan di Klinik Kesihatan Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, semalam.

SEREMBAN 16 Julai – Seramai 15 daripada 72 pelajar Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama (SMKA) Sheikh Haji Mohd. Said di sini dikejarkan ke Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Seremban (HTJS) di sini hari ini kerana disyaki mengalami keracunan makanan selepas mengadu sakit perut dan cirit-birit.

Difahamkan, pelajar sekolah terbabit mengadu sakit perut selepas bersarapan dan makan tengah hari di asrama sekolah berkenaan semalam.

Seorang pelajar, Nur Farhana Abd. Raup, 17, berkata, dia mula sakit perut selepas bersarapan bihun yang disediakan di asrama berkenaan pagi semalam.

“Pada mulanya saya tidak rasa apa-apa tetapi pada sebelah malam perut saya mula sakit dan terpaksa ke tandas beberapa kali,” katanya di sini hari ini,

Pegawai perhubungan awam HTJS, Lathifah Abdul Hamid berkata, seramai 15 pelajar telah mendapatkan rawatan di hospital berkenaan kira-kira pukul 9.15 pagi.

Menurutnya, pihak hospital juga telah menghantar sekumpulan pegawai perubatan ke sekolah terlibat untuk memberi rawatan kepada pelajar lain yang menunjukkan tanda-tanda keracunan makanan.

“Daripada maklumat yang kita terima, seramai 70 pelajar perempuan dan dua pelajar lelaki di sekolah berkenaan mengalami sakit perut dan cirit-birit disyaki akibat keracunan makanan.

“Semua pelajar berkenaan telah diberikan rawatan dan keadaan mereka dilaporkan stabil,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu di Ipoh, seramai 50 murid tahun empat hingga enam Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Rapat dikejarkan ke Klinik Kesihatan Gunung Rapat selepas mengalami keracunan makanan, dipercayai selepas menikmati hidangan nasi dan telur goreng di kantin sekolah berkenaan hari ni.

Semua murid tersebut dihantar ke klinik kesihatan awam itu oleh guru sekolah tersebut kira-kira pukul 10 pagi.

Guru sekolah terbabit, Ahmad Hishamuddin Abd. Karim, 44, berkata, pihaknya berusaha mengenal pasti punca kejadian dan tidak menolak kemungkinan ia disebabkan hidangan yang dijual di kantin sekolah itu.

Dalam pada itu, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sungai Rapat, Datuk Hamidah Osman berkata, tindakan tegas akan diambil terhadap pengusaha kantin terbabit sekiranya terbukti berlaku kecuaian dalam penyediaan makanan.

Seorang murid, Amirul Akmal Ahmad Zulkarnain, 10, memberitahu, perutnya memulas-mulas pada pukul 10 pagi ini setelah bersarapan di kantin sekolah itu sebelum menyertai perhimpunan.

“Selepas bersarapan nasi goreng yang dibeli di kantin, perut saya rasa sakit sehingga saya terpaksa berkejar ke tandas beberapa kali,” katanya ketika ditemui di klinik berkenaan di sini hari ini.

berkenaan.

“Kita akan memaklumkan kes ini kepada Jabatan Pelajaran negeri sebelum tindakan susulan dibuat. Jika didapati ia berpunca daripada hidangan kantin sekolah, kami akan ambil tindakan sewajarnya terhadap pengusaha kantin itu,” katanya.

“Saya memandang serius kejadian ini. Saya telah berbincang dengan pihak sekolah dan Jabatan Kesihatan negeri bagi mengenal pasti punca kejadian.

“Semua sampel makanan telah diambil untuk diuji dan sekiranya terbukti berpunca daripada makanan tersebut, tindakan tegas akan diambil terhadap pengusaha terbabit,” ujarnya.

Check on unclean canteens

Tuesday April 24, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/24/nation/11164135&sec=nation

By A. RUBAN
ruban_22@thestar.com.my

SHAH ALAM: The number of school canteens affected by food poisoning may be small but Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai not only wants the problem stopped but has promised stern action against errant operators.

Canteen operators with bad records would have their contracts terminated immediately and be blacklisted from running canteens at other schools, he said.

“My ministry introduced a number of initiatives to curb this issue but it will be pointless if teachers and other parties involved do not play their role,” he said after presenting awards to clean school canteens at the Shah Alam Convention Centre yesterday.

Doing her bit: Nur Annashirah Omar (front) from SMK Assunta registering for The Interactive Food Safety Club after the launch of the e-community website by Liow in Shah Alam yesterday.

“We view this matter seriously because it affects the students’ studies and activities,” Liow said.

Citing last year’s statistics where 146 schools were affected by food poisoning, he said the number may be small but should, nevertheless, be eliminated.

Cash prizes of between RM2,000 and RM3,000 were given to the top three clean school canteens and eating halls nationwide.

They are SMK Jeram in Kelantan in first place, SMK Tombongon, Kota Kinabalu in second place, while SMK Aminuddin Baki in Kuala Lumpur took third place.

Liow also launched an e-community website, called the Interactive Food Safety Club (Kelab Laman Interaktif Keselamatan Makanan), where students can communicate directly with the ministry for food-related information.

Liow said the website also known as MOH KLIK, would be a good platform to increase awareness on food poisoning cases.

“Students can also use this website to provide information to the ministry if their school canteens are unclean,” he added.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who was also present at the ceremony, said students should apply the three basic senses before eating their food.

“You must always look, smell and taste your food before eating the whole meal. Cleanliness is our responsibility,” he said.

‘Food handlers at schools under close scrutiny’

Posted on April 19, 2012, Thursday

by Peter Boon, reporters@theborneopost.com.

Dr Zulkifli Jantan

Dr Annuar Rapaee

Dr Hu Chang Hock

William Ghani Bina

SIBU: The state Health Department is mounting more stringent monitoring of food handlers, said its director Dr Zulkifli Jantan.

“The control measures will help ensure that the food is safe for students’ consumption,” Dr Zulkifli told The Borneo Post yesterday in response to the issue of food poisoning in school of late.

He stressed that it was important for food to be prepared hygienically in a clean environment.

When asked about the suspected food poisoning case in a secondary school in Kanowit last Sunday involving 16 students, he said they were in the midst of investigating the case.

According to the media report, seven of the 16 boarders were admitted to the hospital for further observation.

The rest were given outpatient treatment, it stated.

The boarders aged between 13 and 16 were believed to have taken some ‘kuih’ during tea break in school.

A girl claimed that the curry puff and ‘apam balik’ catered from outside tasted strange, but consumed the food anyway thinking it was alright.

Meanwhile, Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee said food handlers down with diseases such as diarrhea should not be involved in food preparation.

“I also hope food handlers will be put under more stringent observation by the health department,” Dr Annuar suggested.

He added, “Through more stringent monitoring, it will prevent recurrences of such case in future while ensuring that food handlers practise good hygiene and cleanliness at all times.”

A senior private medical practitioner Dr Hu Chang Hock said there were multi-factors in play, when asked on the causes of food poisoning.

“We have to look at the whole food chain from raw materials to the finished product. The source must not be contaminated as that can cause food poisoning.

“Then, the environment of food preparation must be clean and hygienic. No spitting around as that can transmit diseases if the person is unwell.

“Put on gloves in food preparation and wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet. And there should not be any pests such as rats, cockroaches in the food preparation area,” Dr Hu expounded.

He warned people against consuming leftovers, adding that food needed to be well cooked.

Dr Hu suggested: “Obtain food from reliable sources only.”

Meanwhile, Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina said schools should be out of bounds to outside food.

“There should not be any outside food allowed into the school. The canteen can prepare and cook the food required by students,” Ghani added.

He pointed out that it was not practical to ask teachers to check on the food in school as that would be counter productive.

On the suspected food poisoning, he said STU viewed the incident with regrets.

He figured the food could be clean but might have been contaminated during the transportation process.

“There is not much the teachers or principal can do, but outside food should be disallowed,” he said.

Read more: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/04/19/food-handlers-at-schools-under-close-scrutiny/#ixzz1sRnAdFpr

Canteens must follow guidelines

Sunday March 18, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/3/18/education/10903550&sec=education

THE Health Ministry would like to respond to the matter regarding unhealthy food sold at school canteens.

The recently revised and launched Guide on the Management of Healthy School Canteen (Panduan Pengurusan Kantin Sekolah Sihat) outlines the type of foods that are allowed to be sold, foods that are not recommended, and foods that are not allowed to be sold in school canteens.

The canteen operators are to self-regulate the sale of these foods daily as clearly outlined in the guide. This is further monitored by the teacher on duty on a weekly basis with a monthly report forwarded to the District Education Department.

In addition, the assistant district health environment officer will also monitor the compliance of each school canteen on an annual basis.

A monthly report will be forwarded to the nutritionist at the nearest clinic for analysis and further action. The nutritionist will also conduct random monitoring to ensure that the guide has been complied to.

There are almost 10,000 primary and secondary schools in the country. Briefings are still being carried out on the recently launched guide. Therefore, at the moment, the coverage of schools may not be comprehensive as observed.

The Ministry of Health strongly agrees that a healthy nation comes from a healthy population. Good eating practices contribute to this development. To achieve this, the acquirement of knowledge and skill on healthy eating by all is important.

A supportive environment to facilitate the selection of healthier food choices by school children is very important.

As such, the school canteens play a major role in making available healthier foods, not forgetting, of course, the important role parents and teachers play in moulding the children towards adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

It is important to realise that for effective implementation of the guide, participation and involvement of various parties are definitely required.

This includes parents and students themselves. School canteens which sell food that do not follow the guidelines should not be patronised.

The students should also empower themselves to alert and educate canteen operators to serve healthier foods as listed in the guide.

DATUK SRI DR. HASAN BIN ABDUL RAHMAN ,

Director General Of Health,

Ministry Of Health Malaysia.

Check on unhealthy food at school canteens

Sunday March 11, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/3/11/education/10858441&sec=education

THE existing food guidelines for schools have not been properly implemented. Consuming healthy and nutritious food plays an important part in relation to nutrition-related conditions such as obesity and diabetes but some school canteens openly flout the guidelines.

As a concerned student, I would like to highlight the types of food that are served at school. My school has three canteens but the variety of the food offered in all three is very much the same.

The three canteens usually serve rice, mee hoon, mee , kway teowlo si funnasi lemak, chicken rice, burger, mee soup, mee curry, mee kicap, bread and pastries, with an additional dish or two thrown in everyday for some “variety”.

Obviously fried chicken, fried sausage, nuggets and the local kuih which are a big hit with students are a must, including oily curry puffs and doughnuts. Meanwhile there is also canned drinks and junk food thatcontain artificial flavouring.

As can be seen, there are hardly any fresh fruits, salads and vegetables served.

Since there is so much talk that obesity is fast becoming a prevalent condition among schoolchildren and even adults in the country, it is about time that the authorities seriously make their rounds and check on the food that is served in schools and other learning institutions.

After all it is healthy people who make a proud and healthy nation.

STRONG BOY

Via e-mail

Check on food served at school canteens

Sunday February 19, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/2/19/education/10745859&sec=education

THE new healthy canteen food guidelines which was supposed to be implemented on the first day of school this year has been delayed. Even so, the existing guidelines have not been properly implemented.

Consuming nutritious food plays a preventative role with regards to nutrition-related conditions such as obesity and diabetes but some school canteens openly flout the guidelines.

As a Form Six student of a well known secondary school in Klang , Selangor, I would like to highlight the types of food that we students are expected to buy and consume from the school canteen.

Although the school has three canteens, the variety of the food offered is limited as we’re subjected to only fried and unhealthy food.

All three canteens, I must reiterate serve food that flouts the guidelines. Rice, mee hoonmeekuey teow, silver needle noodles (lao shu fen),nasi lemak, chicken rice, burger, mee soupmee currymee kicap, different types of breads and pastries, with an additional vegetable dish or two everyday.

In addition, fried chicken, fried sausage, nuggets and traditional local teatime snacks such as sugared doughnuts, curry puffs and kuih are sold daily.

Meanwhile, the school cooperative stocks up on junk food and canned drinks that contain artificial flavouring.

In short, almost all the food offered is either fried, or processed with hardly any vegetables or fresh fruits.

I am comparing the food served at the canteen of the school with the wide variety of healthy food available at the canteen of my previous school.

School authorities were strict and made sure that canteen operators complied with the guidelines.

As a result, fresh fruits, fresh juices as well as mixed rice that included a good variety of vegetables that we could choose were available for students to buy and eat.

Numerous complaints about the unhealthy food sold in my current school’s canteen have gone unheeded.

In fact it should be a priority as the students’ wellbeing is of utmost importance. Moreover, with the number of health issues related to obesity, the matter can no longer be ignored.

I hope that measures would soon be taken to put an end to the unhealthy food served and sold in school canteens which I am told is rampant in the Klang Valley.

Eating habits are usually formed at a young age and if students keep eating unhealthy food, they will be prone to diabetes, hypertension and other heart-related diseases,

As they say “you are what you eat”, and the type of food we eat has a direct influence on our growth patterns, energy levels and academic performance.

It is about time the Education Ministry and health authorities work together to resolve the matter.

High school student

Via e-mail

Have RM1 meal, operators urged

Thursday, February 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry yesterday urged canteen operators nationwide to adopt the 1Malaysia Canteen programme serving students a full meal for RM1.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said schools should implement the idea through partnership with the private sector and sponsorships.

“The ministry’s only concern is for the meals to not only be cheap but healthy and adhere to the guidelines set,” he told the New Straits Times.

Wee said the variety of meals offered should contain the right nutrients, keeping in mind the health of students.

He also lauded the Johor Education Department’s move to introduce a new food menu where students can enjoy a wholesome meal for just RM1 under the programme.

“I think it’s a good initiative which should be followed by other schools to provide nutritious yet an affordable variety of meals for students.”

The programme is aimed at easing the burden faced by parents, mooted by the Kulaijaya district education office. The Johor programme is supported by food supplier SEIA Enterprise, which operates a canteen at SK Kulai, near Kampung Melayu.

Pupils have a choice of nasi lemak, mee or nasi goreng, with a kuih or a bowl of cereal snack mixed with milk, and a drink.

Parent Action Group for Education  president Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said it was impossible for all canteen operators to adopt the RM1 programme, but prices of food could be lowered.

Read more: Have RM1 meal, operators urged – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/local/general/have-rm1-meal-operators-urged-1.47363#ixzz1mVPyAOJ5