Fourteen members of a children’s club were taken to hospital on Aug. 9 during a visit to a swimming pool in Sammu, Chiba Prefecture, in a suspected case of mass food poisoning.
Chiba Prefectural Police’s Sammu Police Station explained that about 50 children were on the children’s club visit to Hasunuma Water Garden in the city. At least 19 members began to complain that they felt sick about an hour after they ate lunch at around noon. They had eaten rice balls that had been made that morning. The rice balls were apparently not chilled after being made, leading police to suspect food poisoning.