At least 15 clusters of suspected food poisoning in Hong Kong has been linked to Horng Ryen Jen, aka Hung Rui Chen sandwiches from Taiwan, health officials note, prompting a ban of the Taiwanese brand sandwiches.
Group D Salmonella has been confirmed in at least six patients.
According to the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) on the latest reported clusters Monday, they involved 13 persons, comprising six males and seven females aged from three to 69. They developed gastroenteritis symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting and fever about six to 31 hours after consuming sandwiches between July 25 and 30.
These sandwiches were ordered online or through an instant mobile messaging application, bought from exhibition booths in a market in Wong Tai Sin, and a supermarket in Tsim Sha Tsui respectively between July 24 and 28. Twelve of them sought medical consultation and two required hospitalization.
The CHP has identified a total of 15 clusters with 46 affected persons.