Food poisoning

FCO 8/745 1967-1968

This file concerns four outbreaks of food poisoning in Qatar and Saudi Arabia in June and July 1967. It contains correspondence, press cuttings and reports on:

  • Poisonings and deaths arising from the contamination of Momba flour by the Shell pesticide, Endrin, aboard the German vessel SS Trautenfels; and a separate case linked to the SS Hellenic Sailor
  • Investigations and report of Detective Superintendent Harry Tappin and Detective Sergeant Walker of the UK's Metropolitan Police Force
  • Medical work of Dr Farouk Ahmad Hus
  • Visit to Qatar of the Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Dr Pierre Dorolle
  • Request by the Ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa for a public health alert to be extended to Karachi and Bombay
  • Outbreak of illness in Dammam
  • Murder investigation conducted by Bremen prosecutors into the first officer of the SS Trautenfels Reinhard Schmidt
  • Qatar's legal case against the ship owners Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft Hansa
  • Article from the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation regarding the outbreak of illness caused by contaminated shipments of flour