Kerala: Woman dies, 170 people hospitalised after having Kuzhi Mandhi

Those affected had eaten ‘Kuzhi Mandi’, a biryani-like Yemeni dish on the night of May 25 from a restaurant in Perinjanam, located on the Guruvayur-Kodungallur highway in Thrissur district.
Kerala: Woman dies, 170 people hospitalised after having Kuzhi Mandhi
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A woman died and at least 170 people were hospitalised after having ‘Kuzhi Mandi’, a biryani-like Yemeni dish popular in Kerala, along with mayonnaise from a restaurant in Thrissur. The massive food poisoning was reported by the media on Monday, May  27. Those affected had eaten the food on the night of May 25 from the Zain restaurant in Perinjanam, located on the Guruvayur-Kodungallur highway and suffered from vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea. Most of them are from Perinjanam and Kaipamangalam.

The deceased has been identified as 56-year-old Nusaiba hailing from Kutilakkadavu in Thrissur. As per reports, she was taken to the nearby primary health centre on Monday after complaining of discomfort. The doctor referred her to a private hospital in Irinjalakuda after her condition worsened. Later, she was shifted to the Medical College. Nusaiba died in the early hours of Tuesday, May 28, while under medical treatment..

As per reports, Nusaiba's body will be taken for post-mortem examination. Scientific investigation of internal organs would also be held to ascertain the cause of death. 

Following suspicion of food poisoning, the police, food and safety and health department officials along with the panchayat officials inspected the restaurant. However, they could not find any stale or spoiled food as per reports. The restaurant is temporarily closed now. The health department will investigate whether the mayonnaise has caused food poisoning in any way. 

The Kerala government had banned mayonnaise made out of eggs in restaurants in the state in January 2023 after a series of food poisoning cases across the state. The state government took the decision after a 20-year-old woman, Anju Sreeparvathy, from Kasargod died after having mandi from a restaurant. 

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