Oct 20, 2010 News
The poisoning of some 100 persons on Sunday at the retreat for the Community Policing Group, Neighbourhood Police and the Standard Police at the Berbice High School on Sunday should not have happened.
The authorities should have contacted a proper catering service to prepare the meals, was the consensus view
The victims were rushed to the New Amsterdam, Fort Wellington, Mahaicony and Georgetown Hospitals on Sunday suffering from food poisoning.
The chairman of the West Berbice Community policing group, Narine Chattergoon, was entrusted with preparing the meals even though he lives at Bath Settlement West Coast Berbice and the activity was being held at East Berbice.
Chattergoon, in turn contacted his wife to do the catering even though she is not a caterer and does not have a Food Handlers certificate.
The meals were prepared at Chattergoon’s father-in-law’s home in Cumberland, Canje.
The chairman collected close to $800,000 to prepare the meals. Instead of contacting a recognized catering service he undertook the job himself. He prepared 385 boxes of food.
Chattergoon, his wife and daughter, along with the driver of the vehicle that transported the food were taken into custody and were later released on station bail, as investigators probe further into the disturbing event.
The utensils used to cook the food were collected by investigators and were lodged at the Central Police Station in New Amsterdam.
Police analyst, Superintendent Greaves, was also in Berbice on Monday to get a firsthand look at the situation. It is understood that samples of the food were taken to Georgetown to be tested. The meal consisted of fried rice, a slice of cucumber and pot roast chicken.
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