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One confirmed dead with several hospitalized over suspected food poisoning at Royal Media Services

Royal Media Services (RMS) confirms that one of its staff members succumbed to illness following a suspected case of food poisoning.

One member of staff has been confirmed dead, with several others hospitalized in a suspected food poisoning at the Royal Media Services (RMS) Headquarters.

RMS Managing Director Wachira Waruru said in a statement that the media organization hired a private food catering business to provide meals for employees working the Christmas shift.

On Boxing Day, however, a number of employees reported having significant stomach aches after consuming meals prepared on the company.

Wachira Waruru said the media house, which owns Citizen TV, Radio Citizen, and more than a dozen vernacular radio stations, was “deeply shocked and saddened” by the events. 

“We are deeply shocked and saddened to inform the public that one staff member has unfortunately succumbed to the illness attributed to suspected food poisoning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our deceased staff member during this difficult time,” said Mr. Waruru.

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The RMS boss said the incident occurred after staff—who were working over Christmas—consumed food from a buffet prepared by a hired catering firm.

“In keeping with holiday period working arrangements, the RMS engaged a private food catering company to provide meals for staff working during the Christmas shift. On Boxing Day December 26 2022, some of the staff complained of severe stomach pains after consuming meals served within the premises of the company,” Mr. Waruru added.

“RMS is providing all the necessary support to the affected staff and the suspected food poisoning incident is currently under investigation,” Mr. Waruru said.

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