Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2013

Hawaii health officials investigate Waipahu Elementary outbreak

​The Hawaii State Departments of Education (DOE) and Health (DOH) are conducting an investigation to determine what caused several Waipahu Elementary students Tuesday.

About 40 students were identified as being sick with symptoms that may indicate food poisoning after students ate a spaghetti and meat sauce lunch. 25 required hospitalization for their illness.

The investigation includes testing a sample lunch, inspection on school temperature logs, looking if outside foods were involved and checking to see if any students came to school sick.

The DOE says meals served at Hawaii’s public schools adhere to strict state and federal food safety guidelines.

“The safety and wellbeing of our students are paramount,” said School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our food services branch is collaborating with state health officials to pinpoint the source of today’s outbreak. We thank parents for their patience and we wish all students a speedy recovery.”

More than 1,100 students attend Waipahu Elementary.

Public domain image/Perry-Castañeda Library

Public domain image/Perry-Castañeda Library

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