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It is not the river and it is not
This was the response of villagers
and the owners of Bay View Bar in
Maracas on Tuesday, to suspicions
that water in the area or saltfish
cooked at the bar may have caused
more than 100 people to fall ill after
eating food at a breakfast party in
The early-morning party on Cor-
pus Christi, two weeks ago today,
was organised by promoters AM
Premium and held at Bay View Bar,
where bake and saltfish, one of the
breakfast items, was prepared.
Several people, including promoter
Marsha Thompson, initially con-
cluded the saltfish was the culprit
since all those who ate it fell ill.
But new information is emerging
that others who got sick did not eat
the saltfish. Blame is now being
shifted to the corn soup.
The Maracas River is also being
drawn into the scandal after fresh
reports that not only the partygoers
but several villagers also fell ill with
The Ministry of Health is now
eyeing the river suspiciously and will
be testing its waters for coliform
A T&T Guardian visit to Maracas
on Tuesday cleared the air on the
river and the saltfish.
Simone Thomas, daughter of Bay
View Bar owner Shirley Thomas,
asked: "How come is only the bake
and saltfish getting blame when
there were several other caterers?"
The bar, overlooking Maracas Bay,
was closed on Tuesday. The Thomp-
sons said they open mostly on week-
Simone said the Ministry of
Health had called her for an inter-
"The saltfish cook here, in our
kitchen, in the morning," her mother
said, adding, "The police think is
the corn soup.
"I am not the promoter. I just rent
the place to them. I want them to
send Health and the authorities. I
waiting. I do everything above board
here. Twenty-something years now
I selling food here, mostly fry wings,
and I never hear yet anybody com-
Thomas said while other caterers
were cooking eggs, doubles, pan-
cakes, corn soup and other foods
outdoors at the party, the Bay View
staff were cooking bake and saltfish
in the kitchen.
"If is the bake and saltfish, I will
take blame," she said.
Thomas traced the origin of the
"I went down Chaguanas the
Tuesday before and buy the saltfish.
I cleaned it and prepared it Wednes-
day and put it in the fridge. And we
cooked it Thursday morning, in
"This is the only place in Maracas
where you don t have to wait for
food. We cook food on the spot."
Simone said, "I eat bake and salt-
fish and I ain t get sick yet."
Thomas said she had eaten the
pancakes "and get a lil thing."
The Thomases said several people
in the village who did not attend the
party were sick with similar symp-
toms, but said it was a virus that
had been going around for about
two weeks before the event.
The Thomases use rainwater col-
lected in tanks for their needs.
Neka, of Neka s Mini Mart on Old
Bay Road, dismissed the idea, voiced
by Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan,
that the Maracas River was contam-
"People don t bathe near the river
mouth because is swamp water, but
higher up there are a lot of gardeners
who use the water for bathing,
washing and cleaning out their
"People never get sick from the
river around here."
Neka said most villagers used
pipeborne water sourced from a
WASA dam in Tyrico.
Jimmy Diamond, who rents chairs
and bathing suits on the beach, said,
"Don t let nobody tie you up with
the river. I here 365 days a year and
every day people bathe and fish in
the river mouth, and nobody ever
"They trying to blame the river,
but people get sick right in the party."
Khan confirmed the ministry was
testing the river and had called the
Thomases for an interview.
"We re checking it out. But it s
something that s very difficult to
prove without food samples," he said.
Marsha Thompson of AM Pre-
mium, the party promoters, said
they were consulting lawyers and
would make a definitive statement
on compensation to the victims of
the alleged food poisoning after the
ministry s investigations.
"We have forwarded the names
of all the caterers to the ministry,"
No solid leads yet in food poisoning case...
Ministry meets with caterers
The Bay View restaurant and bar on the North Coast Road, Maracas Bay, where a
breakfast party organised by AM Premium took place on the Corpus Christi holiday,
and at which more than 100 people reportedly fell ill after attending the event. The
water tanks to the right of the photo, which collect rain water, are the only source
of supply to the establishment. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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