From a Times
investigators Wednesday scoured a
church kitchen for clues to the cause of food poisoning
suffered by about 100 diners at a recent luau.
Among them was 81-year-old Mildred Mabb of
, who died at a
hospital a day after sampling several of the dishes at the Polynesian-style
dinner hosted by the Pasadena Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
However, physicians concluded after her
death that Mabb also had intestinal cancer and pneumonia, said her son, Wayne
Mabel, 48. An autopsy confirmed the
“She was fine when she got home, but
everything went downhill quickly the following day,” he said. “She ate everything everyone else ate. Funny thing is, some people ate one things and
got sick, while others ate the same things and didn’t
Mabb was one of five diners who sought
medical attention for symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea after the Sept.
16 dinner attended by about 1,300 people, said Mel Lim, environmental health
manager at the Pasadena Public Health Department.
The others were treated briefly for
gastrointestinal illness and released, Lim said.
“Some people ate only salad and got
sick. Some ate only rolls and got
sick. Most people ate everything and
didn’t get sick,” said Randall Huff, president of the
stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
“Sincere regrets were expressed to the
Mabb family,” Huff said.
In the meantime, Lin said, “We’re
interviewing everyone who became ill to find out exactly what they ate. Eventually, we will determine the cause of
He added that “we found the kitchen to be
in pretty good shape, clean and in order. One refrigerator, however, didn’t have the proper temperature. It was a little on the warm side.”
Los Angeles Times October 5,