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Food tasters were in the vogue during the time of Hitler, way back in the 1930’s and 1940’s, he was a vegetarian, but still insisted that the food he ate was tasted for poison. Najib targets for zero death among National Service trainees, but food poisoning can lead to multiple deaths and it cannot be zero deaths anymore. I can’t suggest let us have food tasters in each of our camps, that would be silly. In an earlier posting I did say, assurances can never be a fulfillment until and unless we go to the core of the problem. The whole programme stinks, not because it is faulty, but because the people implementing it are. The earlier Najib realises it, the better it will be.

SETIU: Sixty-seven National Service trainees from the Barracuda camp in Setiu Agro resort, here, developed stomachaches believed to be caused by due to food poisoning on Thursday, barely a week after nine trainees from the same camp suffered the same ailment. Fourteen trainees were warded in the Setiu Hospital, while 53 received outpatient treatment. Four food handlers at the camp also received outpatient treatments at the same hospital.

A camp spokesman said the trainees ho complained of nausea and stomach pains, started vomiting between 12.15am to 1.30am.

The trainees were referred to the medical team at the camp and rushed to the hospital at 7am when their conditions worsened. It is learnt that the source of the food poisoning had been traced to the lunch ate on Wednesday.

The food was catered from outside, as the camp’s canteen had been closed after the May 23 incident when four of the trainees were warded for food poisoning.

One trainee from Selangor said she believed that the chicken curry served during lunch was stale. “The food served tasted bad but we too hungry after attending an exhausting community programme,” said the 18-year-old who wanted to be identified only as Rosnah. It is also learnt that the chicken served during lunch was too spicy while the rice was not fully cooked.

The commandant of the camp could not be reached for comment.

NS trainees in Setiu camp hit by food poisoning again

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  1. This is definitely one of the major problems of the NS training programme, among others. Do they know where the food is prepared? How is it transported to camp? Is hygiene being pressed for? And also, why is it always the trainees who get sick? Do the trainers eat food prepared elsewhere?

    Food poisoning is not something to be fooled around about. It is as serious as any other illness. incompetency and inefficiency have no place when it involves so many lives.


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