One person who was food poisoned on Sunday, after consuming roti and chicken sold by a vendor in Micoud North, where the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) held its rally, wants the health authorities to look into to the issue, to ensure that safe foods are sold at these events.
Mary Anne Ephraim told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday that she arrived for the rally around 6 p.m. Sunday and at around 9 p.m. her sister decided to purchase two roti and chicken curry.
“I ate the roti and started feeling sick just moments afterwards. We left the rally and went home. By time the time we got home, my husband had to call the ambulance. I was that sick. The first couple of bites were okay, but as I continued, it tasted funny. It was kind of slimy,” Ephraim recalled.
She said when she arrived at the hospital, there were four other victims including her sister at the emergency room, all of whom had consumed the roti and chicken.
The Desruisseaux woman said she is not sure whether the vendor has been contacted, but believes she should and the authorities should also ensure that she receives some sort of penalty.
“There should be better control and management of these so-called vendors, who just pop up and sell contaminated food. I wonder if she even has a health card? I wouldn’t be surprise me, if she didn’t. But that’s left for the Health Department to investigate,” Ephraim asserted.
The woman thinks that the vendor should also be banned from selling food at public events.
Both sister are said to be feeling better, but are still feeling weak in some parts of their bodies.