Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel under investigation after 6 food poisoning cases linked to 3 restaurants

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12th June 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is currently investigating three food poisoning clusters involving six individuals, linked to three restaurants within the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong hotel in Wan Chai. The CHP’s investigation aims to identify the source of the foodborne illnesses and prevent further cases, emphasizing the importance of personal, food, and environmental hygiene.

The first cluster involved four young boys, aged between 3 and 5, who experienced abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting approximately 36.5 hours after dining at Grand Café on 1st June. Similarly, the second cluster involved a six-year-old boy who developed similar symptoms around 31 hours after having lunch at Grissini restaurant within the hotel on 2nd June.

In the third cluster, a six-year-old girl exhibited comparable symptoms about 17 hours after consuming dinner at One Harbour Road restaurant in the hotel on June 2. All affected individuals sought medical advice, with four of them requiring hospitalization. After receiving appropriate treatment, they have been discharged and are currently in stable condition. Laboratory testing confirmed the presence of Salmonella in the stool specimens of five affected persons.

Preliminary investigations by the CHP revealed that the affected individuals had consumed common food items. The CHP urges anyone who dined at Grand Café, Grissini, or One Harbour Road in Grand Hyatt Hong Kong Hotel on 1st June or 2nd June and subsequently experienced acute gastroenteritis symptoms such as abdominal pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea, to seek medical attention and promptly contact the CHP. A dedicated hotline (2125 2371) has been established by the CHP for enquiries, operating from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5.30pm.

Additionally, the Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department has conducted inspections at the implicated restaurants. The concerned premises have been instructed to suspend the production and sale of relevant food items, while thorough cleaning and disinfection procedures are carried out. The investigations led by the CHP and the CFS are ongoing, encompassing rigorous testing of food and environmental samples.