Fake Salt ‘Poisons’ Family in Southern Philippines

KORONADAL CITY, PHILIPPINES – Even as reports of fake rice continues to grip residents in some towns in Southern Philippines, authorities on Tuesday said seven members of a family were poisoned by fake salt in South Cotabato.

Local officials have confirmed that seven members of the Ricablanca family in barangay Dajay were poisoned by what they believed was fake salt mixed into the food that the family cooked Monday night.

The victims were identified as Vicenta, Sandy, Roland, Lucena, Heidi (pregnant), Agapitong and his two children.

Reports said Vicenta went to the Municial Health Center Monday night and complained that the salt she bought in a neighbor’s store had bad taste when mixed with the food she was cooking.

After eating the food, Vicenta and six others started complaining of stomachache and began vomitting. They were treated at a local hospital.

Local health officials said specimen have already been collected for examination to determine what really caused the reported food poisoning. – BusinessNewsAsia.com