PASADENA– A Temple Citywoman died and an unknown number of others fell ill
after eating food at a Polynesian-style luau thrown by The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sept. 16, in Pasadena.
“First of all, we’re sorry that anyone
that attended any event sponsored by our church would ever become ill following
the event,” said Randall Huff, president of the church’s Pasadenastake.“We
presently are unable to determine any cause or causes of the illnesses reported
following the event and have offered our sympathy to those affected.”
The evening luau was attended by more
than 1, 200 people – Mormon and non-Mormon – who were offered a menu of roasted
pig, teriyaki chicken, cabbage-based salad with oil and vinegar dressing and
bread rolls.Water was served with the
meal, according to Huff.
“We are trying to determine the
cause…but we’re all puzzled right now as to what the cause may be.Some people ate only salad and got sick.Some people ate only rolls and got sick.Most people ate everything and didn’t get
sick,” he said.
Between 100 and 200 people told church
representatives in the days following the luau that they felt ill, he said.
“Most people reporting illness
following the event only suffered minor gastrointestinal distress for
approximately a day or less,” Huff said.
But Mildred Mabb, an 80 year-old Temple
on Sept. 17, the day after the luau.
Her son, Wayne, 48, said his mother felt fine when she came home from
the feast Sept 16 about , but by the next morning was so sick that paramedics
She was hospitalized, but aside from
the food poisoning, doctors discovered that she had an “existing condition” that
was most likely cancer, according to her son.In the end, she contracted pneumonia and her heart failed, he added.
“It’s an unfortunate set of
circumstances that occurred.Any one of
them probably wouldn’t have been fatal, but, put them all together and at her
age, she wasn’t able to get over it…it was very quick,” Wayne Mabb said.
Mildred Mabb, described by her son as
“a very gentle person,” lived in Temple Cityfor about 50 years.She is survived by her son, a daughter, Beverly Morten, 41, of Rosemead, and her brother, Robert Thalimer, 78, of Long
Beach.Funeral services were held last Friday.
Huff said the Mormon Church extended
condolences to the family.
“Sincere regrets were expressed to the
family and, as we are a charitable organization, although we do not know the
cause, we offered our help in any way we could.Her surviving family members were very gracious,” Huff said.
An additional four or five people were
hospitalized, but were released after about a day, he added.