24 passengers fall ill due to food poisoning on Tejas Express

24 Passengers On Mumbai Bound Tejas Express Taken Ill After Consuming Food From On Board Pantry
Indian Railways Tejas Express train meals blamed as passengers suffer food poisoning; 24 hospitalised
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16 October, 2017

Meanwhile, IRCTC has issued a show-cause notice to the caterer of Tejas Express. The train was on its way from Goa to Mumbai when passengers complained about their deteriorating condition.

The catering of Tejas Express is managed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). "Director Catering service is proceeding to Mumbai to follow up the matter". The train was halted at Chiplun and the passengers were taken to a hospital.

Of the 24 passengers, three are in the intensive care unit but an official said there was no risk to their lives.

Passengers expressed unease and pain after having breakfast served on the train.

In an official statement released by IRCTC, it said, "A case of food poisoning was reported on train no. 22120 Tejas Express upon information from passengers".

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Train was stopped and people were taken in ambulances to the hospital.

A group of seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended to by onboard supervisor. Figures reveal that an increasing number of passengers prefer to not eat the food served onboard the premium luxury train especially since the Railway made it an optional add-on payable service.

They are said to be stable now.

The train also comes equipped with vending machines serving tea and coffee, snack tables, books, and food items pertaining to the local cuisine. "After couple of hours, more passengers complained of similar symptoms". His son Purohit was admitted to Lifecare Hospital. When contacted by the Deccan Chronicle, IRCTC general manager, Arvind Malkhede claimed that they are not sure if the food served by them can be linked to the suspected food-poisoning incident. Officials added that the food sample of breakfast and soup was sent for testing.


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