Workers ill with suspected food poisoning

The affected canteen has since been closed and the identified food items were also removed from the menu of all other canteens

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The Bulletin Newspaper

18 workers from Sasol Secunda Operations fell ill with suspected food poisoning on Tuesday, March 27 at Sasol.
A number of workers ordered food from one of the canteens inside the plant and had to go to the Sasol medical centre for treatment.
The employees were then transferred to a nearby hospital for further treatment and observation. Some patients were transferred to the N17 hospital.
In true Sasol fashion, quick and decisive action was taken in dealing with this incident. It is clear, as indicated by undisclosed sources, that samples were taken as soon as the problem became known.
“All food items identified as possible causes of the alleged food poisoning were sent for laboratory analysis. The affected canteen has since been closed and the identified food items were also removed from the menu of all other canteens“, said Matebello Motloung (Specialist: Media Relations, Group Communication and Brand Management), “The laboratory tests on the suspected food items and patients are still in progress. This will determine the possible cause of the alleged food poisoning.”
When the Bulletin asked Matebello regarding their compliance to food regulations he replied, “Each Sasol canteen complies with the required health and safety permits for handling food and have valid certificates of acceptability, as issued by the local health authority (Gert Sibande District Municipality). Our canteens are also subject to regular inspections, both announced and unannounced, to ensure ongoing compliance with requisite safety and hygiene standards. In addition, we commission independent third party health and safety inspections of our facilities, which includes swab tests on both canteen equipment and personnel.”
This was an isolated incident at one canteen that has now been temporarily closed pending the outcome of the laboratory tests.
“Sasol remains committed to the safety and health of its employees, community and environment,” says Matebello.

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