Food poisoning strikes down 175 principals

In one of the state’s worst outbreaks of food contamination, about 175 school principals became unwell while attending a conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday and Friday.

Queensland Health said 24 were hospitalised, none of whom was in critical condition.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has pointed to salmonella as the likely cause of the food poisoning but investigations are ongoing.

““The usual cause for salmonella is poorly cooked meat, poultry and eggs,” Dr Young said. “You can get person-to-person transmission but given there are so many people unwell we think it’s probably related to the food they shared.”

Queensland Health was working with the convention centre to identify which food served at the conference could have been responsible, she said.

“Our focus at the moment is to work out what the food source was and to make sure that