Call for police probe into food poisoning

A relative of one of the victims of Sunday’s food poisoning incident has called for a police probe.

The woman, who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity, recalled that her Aunt complained of feeling unwell shortly after consuming a roti bought from a female vendor at a ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) meeting in Micoud.

The woman said her Aunt began sweating and vomiting.

She told the Times that some people began fainting.

“It was chaotic,” the woman recounted.

By her estimation, some 34 persons were affected.

St Jude hospital treated fourteen individuals and sent them home, while Victoria Hospital has confirmed treating three persons for suspected food poisoning.

But the hospital could not say whether the cases were related to the Micoud incident.

The Fire stations at Micoud and Vieux Fort have confirmed taking four people to St Jude hospital via ambulance.

The woman said when they went looking for the vendor, she had already left.

However, she did not believe that the vendor, whom she claimed was a supporter of the opposition,  deliberately set out to harm anyone, but may have cooked the rotis early in the morning and by afternoon, the items may have become unfit for human consumption.

“Everybody wants to make a bread,” the woman told the Times.