SINGAPORE: More people have taken ill after consuming food supplied by Spice's River Valley outlet.
A total of 81 people were reported to be affected as of 5pm on Thursday (Nov 15), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in an update. This is up from the 72 cases that were reported on Wednesday night.
Nine people remain hospitalized in a stable condition, said MOH, adding that 37 others have been discharged.
An auxiliary police officer who became ill after consuming food from Spice died on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old employee of ground-handling firm SATS was being treated in the intensive care unit at the time of his death.
The exact cause of death is pending as it is classified as a coroner's case, said MOH.
Spice had supplied bento boxes for a Deepavali celebration by Brink's Singapore. The company confirmed that a number of its employees had fallen ill after consuming the food.
Authorities said they were first notified of the cases last Wednesday and inspected the restaurant's premises on the same day.
The licensing of Spice's River Valley was suspended after the health authorities found "many hygiene lapses" at the restaurant.
Apart from the River Valley restaurant, Spice has three other outlets at Bedok, Rifle Range at Temasek Club and Siglap.