Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket school blamed for spoiled milk

Published

 on 

PHUKET CITY: Following lab tests of spoiled milk from a school in Phuket City that saw 16 children hospitalized last month, the Phuket Public Health Office (PPHO) has blamed the school for storing the milk improperly.

PPHO chief Dr Pongsawas Ratanasang said Piboonsawaddee School in Phuket City over-stacked cartons of the UHT milk, causing some of them to split and their contents to spoil.

Forty-eight students fell ill after drinking the milk on June 18, with 16 of them requiring treatment at Vachira Hospital. All were allowed to go home within a day.

For our previous report, click here.

The results of the tests, performed at Phuket’s new Medical Science Center in Thalang, were released yesterday.

“It was a storage problem. The cartons of spoiled milk had twisted and split. We found bacteria in there that must have come from outside. It wasn’t the sort of bacteria that would have been introduced during the manufacturing process,” Dr Pongsawas said.

It was also possible that rats or other animals bit the cartons open, he added.

“The milk hadn’t expired so it should have been alright. We tested some cartons from the same batch and they were fine,” he added.

The PPHO informed the school and Phuket City Muncipality that the Nong Pho Dairy Co-operative plant in Ratchaburi, the manufacturer, was not to blame.

“The milk company has high manufacturing and transport standards. Schools in Phuket City have to improve their storage and checking processes,” Dr Pongsawas said.

The children’s teacher might have forgotten to test the milk before giving it out, he added.

The old batch of UHT milk has been removed from Piboonsawaddee School. The school has already been supplied with a replacement.

“The PPHO suggests teachers perform random checks on milk before they distribute it to children. They should open a carton and pour it into a glass to check the color, smell and taste. We don’t want to see any more students sick from bad milk,” Dr Pongsawas said.

Schools in Phuket City that stopped giving out UHT milk as a result of the poisonings have resumed distributing it as normal.

— Khunakorn Terdkiatkhachorn

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

World3 hours ago

25 arrested in Germany suspected of leading a ‘right-wing’ coup

Thailand6 hours ago

23 military students hospitalised after being trained too hard

Thailand6 hours ago

Thailand News Today | British man who loves Thailand banned for 5 years for overstaying

Sponsored9 hours ago

Top 5 Backlink Agencies in Bangkok for Your Business

Crime6 hours ago

Police arrest another Chinese visa overstayer living it up in Thailand

Hot News7 hours ago

Christmas present to Phuket motorists: Patong Hill road to reopen

Thailand7 hours ago

Firework maker killed in firework accident in eastern Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand7 hours ago

Lao star swindled by Thai celebrity, more than 500 million baht lost

Thailand8 hours ago

Father chains up daughter and forces her to return to abusive husband

China8 hours ago

China mulls downgrading Covid-19 status as protests continue

Business9 hours ago

Tesla to launch in Thailand this month

Apple9 hours ago

Two women sue Apple saying AirTag product gives stalkers access to their whereabouts

Thailand9 hours ago

Electioneering: Thaksin’s daughter vows to end poverty in Thailand

Thailand9 hours ago

Thai travel agent group says travel restrictions hamper tourism growth

Hot News10 hours ago

Thailand pushes for more international flights as tourism surges

Crime10 hours ago

Man stabs passersby in Bangkok, 1 killed 1 injured

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending