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Public health officers investigate mussel seller after alleged food poisoning death

Caitlin Ashworth

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Public health officers are investigating a mussel seller in the Isaan province Mukdahan, which borders Laos, after a man developed food poisoning symptoms sometime after eating the mussels and died.

35 year old Watchara Mada and his father ate the mussels last week. Although his father ate the mussels, Watchara “feasted” on the shellfish, according to his mother, 52 year old Rakthong.

The next morning, Watchara started vomiting and showing other signs of food poisoning. It’s unclear if the father also showed symptoms. Nation Thailand says the mussels “allegedly poisoned a family.”

The family gave him some medicine, but they say Watchara was vomiting so much that they decided to take him to a local hospital. He died later that day. Nation Thailand did not report on if a medical examiner declared the cause of death.

The family say they decided not to press charges against the mussel seller.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Sea food is so likely to poison, I rarely eat seafood.
    This might have not been the sellers fault. A few dead mussels in a bag full, might be enough to kill person who do not have a strong stomach.

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    Mark

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Cook your own food and from reliable sellers ! Thailand has no food standards

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    James Pate

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4:42 am

    Mukdahan- I would never eat seafood so far from the ocean.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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