At least 29 students were rushed to Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) on September 28 after experiencing palpitations, dizziness, and vomiting, among others, after drinking several cups of Kopiko 78°C.
The students, who are all high school levels, are from Concord Technical Institute, Cebu City. Reports say the students took advantage of the free samples of the coffee drink that were distributed in their schools.
The victims experienced one or more complications, including stomach pains, palpitations, dizziness, and vomiting.
The free samples were distributed in the above-mentioned school in the morning of Wednesday. By around 11 a.m., the students began to complain about stomach pains.
The school nurse immediately provided medical assistance after the first batch of students complained. However, more students came to seek help later on. This prompted school officials to call for assistance from the Cebu City Command Control Center.
A total of six ambulances were to the school due to the distress call.
Nagiel Bañacia, chief of the Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMC), revealed that the students, however, were all in stable condition upon arriving at the hospital.
He added that they are currently investigating the matter and that the manufacturer and distributor of Kopiko 78 degrees will be asked to explain the incident.
It is apparent that the food poisoning was caused by the caffeinated drink. School officials were also ordered to file an incident report.
Samples of the coffee drink have also been submitted to the Department of Science and Technology for laboratory tests.
According to the school administrator, Joseph Ty, students who were below the age of 18 years old were not supposedly allowed to avail of the free drink.
However, some of the minors were still able to get hold of the free samples. This is according to Liza Travio, an officer of the school’s records section. Travio added that the minors who got the free drink were the “naughty students.”
It is important to note, however, that the adults, teachers included, who drank the samples did not feel bad.
The coffee’s expiry date is still on May 23, 2017.
Unverified reports say that 24 out of the 29 students have died.