26 fall ill after consuming food on Tejas Express

"The food is cooked under suitable environment in the base kitchen under proper supervision all time", a senior IRCTC official told The Indian Express. The train was slated to reach Mumbai at 7.45 pm.

Responding to the incident, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) said that "all the passengers now hospitalised are out of danger and the same has been confirmed by hospital authorities".

Following their complaints, the passengers were admitted to the Lifecare Hospital in Maharashtra's Chiplun. "Though they were given immediate medical attention, I am tensed about my son as he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit", Raman Taing said.

"Passengers, who were admitted to the hospital, complained of uneasiness soon after having their breakfast served on the train".

A meal aboard the premium Tejas.Express certainly did not go down well with passengers travelling from Goa to Mumbai yesterday morning.

A Konkan Railway official confirmed, "All these passengers were deboarded at Chiplun and rushed to government and private hospitals".

According to the Newspaper, In an official communication, IRCTC assured of strict action.

Train was stopped and people were taken in ambulances to the hospital. Food samples, including the soup sachets, were taken for testing. A spokesperson of IRCTC added, "Initially, seven passengers complained of nausea and were attended by the on-board supervisor". 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.

As reported by the hospital, none of the patients was in serious condition, IRCTC claimed in its statement. A couple of minutes later more passengers complained of similar symptoms.

The passengers have the option of selecting vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.


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