27 Children Were Poisoned After Eating Galumbang

Another case of food poisoning. This was the third in a row. First was the pancit, second was the rice noodles and the third was “galumbang”

Twenty seven children were rushed to the hospital after eating galumbang fruit. They felt a sudden stomach pain and experienced vomiting after eating. Doctors gave them the first aid and studying its cause.[saksi] jatropha curcas tuba tuba

A man responsible for feeding galumbang to children was captured by policemen.

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All children were already recovered and finally got home.

Galumbang is also know as tuba tuba. A tree from the genus Jatropha. Tuba tuba, specifically, Jatropha curcas is famous as source of biodiesel. The fruit is poisonous though.

Much like other members of the family Euphorbiaceae, Jatropha plants contain several toxic compounds, including lectin, saponin, carcinogenic phorbol, and a trypsin inhibitor. The seeds of this genus are also a source of the highly poisonous toxalbumin curcin.Despite this, the seeds are occasionally eaten after roasting, which reduces some of the toxicity. Its sap is a skin irritant, and ingesting as few as three untreated seeds can be fatal to humans. [wikipedia]


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