Indian Ocean – Bamboo shoots blamed for fatal mass poisoning on Precious bulker

Trade Winds News

A seafarer has died and many others taken ill following a food poisoning incident on a Precious Shipping bulker.

A jar of pickled bamboo shoots is said to be the source of the incident, which occurred earlier this month on the 34,000-dwt handysize bulker Lanna Naree (built 2012) in the Indian Ocean.

The chief cook passed away and up to 13 others were reported to have become unwell before the bulker could divert to Male in the Maldives.

Four crew members who did not eat the pickle suffered no ill effects.

Hashim said all seafarers who had shown symptoms were replaced in Male as a safety precaution.

“We are now in the process of getting this pickle analysed and reporting the same to the authorities so that action can be taken to avoid any such incident in the future,” Hashim said.

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