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Summarized by Kent Larsen

One Dead, Hundreds Ill After Pasedena Stake Dinner

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA -- An 80-year-old woman died and as many as 200 became ill after eating dinner at a luau put on by the Pasadena Stake September 16th, and health inspectors are inspecting the kitchen where the food was prepared, looking for the cause of the illnesses. Pasedena Stake President Randall Huff told reporters that four or five people went to hospitals for brief treatment, but only the 80-year-old woman, who had pneumonia and possibly cancer in addition to the gastrointestinal ailment, died.

About 1,200 people attended the September 16th dinner, which included a menu of roasted pig, teriyaki chicken, cabbage-based salad with oil and vinegar dressing and bread rolls. Water was served with the meal. But confusingly, people got ill no matter what they ate, leading investigators to believe that the problem did not originate in the food. "Some people ate only salad and got sick. Some people ate only rolls and got sick. Most people ate everything and didn't get sick," Huff said.

Inspectors were working on the kitchen Wednesday, according to Mel Lim of the Pasadena Public Health Department. An autopsy on the woman, Mildred Mabb of Temple City, was conducted, but Lim couldn't comment on whether food poisoning was detected. Her son, Wayne Mabb, 48, said his mother felt fine after the luau, but by the next morning she was so ill that the family called paramedics. Mabb said doctors told him after her death that she had an existing condition, probably cancer.


Kitchen used for Pasadena Luau inspected after hundreds sickened
Sacramento CA Bee (AP) 5Oct00 D1


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