A sausage factory in Chonburi was raided by various law enforcement agencies after many children allegedly got very sick after eating their sausages, according to officials familiar with the investigation.
A team from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) Police, the Mueang Chonburi Police, and officers from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raided what they described as a contaminated sausage factory in the Mueang Chonburi district earlier this week.
The raid came after officers were notified that many children in Chonburi and other provinces were taken to hospitals after they ate sausages from the factory. They were reportedly suffering from ‘Methemoglobinemia (MetHb)’. The Thai FDA and law enforcement agencies conducted what they called a detailed investigation which led them to the factory in question in Mueang Chonburi. The specific name of the factory and company, however, was withheld by police pending further investigation and because of Thailand’s complex slander and libel laws.
The factory owner was named by police only as Ms. Roong and was present at the factory, which produces sausages and meat balls. Officers from the CSD stated to the associated Thai press that the factory did not reach general health standards. Officers also seized more than 32 items worth more than 700,000 baht as evidence. The owner is facing charges of offending various Food Health and Safety Acts, according to the Thai FDA.
The Thai FDA added that possibly offending products from the factory had already been removed from circulation and that there was no “threat” to public safety in Chonburi at this moment.
TPN noted patients who suffer from the MetHb may show symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, poor muscle coordination, shortness of breath, and blue colored skin.