Waipahu Elementary had health citation before food poisoning outbreakUPDATED 9:07 PM HST Dec 17, 2013Video Transcript
DOZENS of people were stricken by food poisoning.. Good evening and thanks for joining us. I'm Paula Akana. The Department of Health tells KITV, Waipahu Elementary was cited just months before for mishandling food. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us with the latest developments. Nana? Paula, Food inspectors with the DOH inspect school cafeterias twice a year. They checked Waipahu Elementary's cafeteria on September 18th.---and found a problem with the handling of spaghetti noodles. 532 IN SEPTEMBER OUR FOOD INSPECTOR WENT TO THIS CAFETERIA AND NOTICED THIS FOOD HANDLING PROBLEM IMPROPERLY HEATING THE NOODLES 38 Health officials say the school was cited and experts consulted the cafeteria staff on correcting the potentially hazardous problem. Three months later... The same thing happened again! Only this time.. More than 40 people got sick, along with two staff members. Inspectors say critical time and temperature controls were missing. End result? 215 OUR LAB WORKERS FOUND IN FACT STAPH ARIAS C AND B SO WE CAN CONFIRM THE FOOD HANDLING PROCEDURES WERE DANGEROUS AND DID CREATE A TOXIN IN THE NOODLES 231 The DOH says noodles, starchy food in particular- can grow bacteria if you leave it out too long and if it stays warm.. Waipahu's staff members routinely cook spaghetti noodles the day before, then put them in the refrigerator for the next morning. Things went wrong when the food was taken out-it was put in a warmer at 120 degrees ... NOT the mandatory 165 degree temperature that kills bacteria. Gretchen Velasco 1st adn 3rd 13:24 I WAS JUST KIND OF SHOCKED BECAUSE MY KIDS BEEN HERE A LONG TIME I PERSONALLY WENT TO THIS SCHOOL SO REALLY SHOCKING THAT HAPPENED 33 Brenda Madeiros 2130 AFTER THE INCIDENT HAPPENED THE FIRST TWO THREE DAYS THEY BROUGHT HOME LUNCH HE'S BEEN EATING THE SCHOOL LUNCH LIKE YESTERDAY AND TODAY 41 For now the kitchen is closed. Food is being brought in from another school to be served out of the cafeteria ... at least until winter break. Gary Chun 2710 WE HAVE OUR STAFF GOING THROUGH INTENSIVE TRAINING ON PROCEDURES AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN THE CAFETERIA 20 Health officials with the state also trained the cafeteria staff yesterday. The DOH is still investigating the case and expects the total number of people who got sick to end up significantly higher than 40.