A total of 74 people are suspected to have experienced food poisoning after dining at the Harbour Grand Cafe in North Point over the weekend.

The Centre for Health Protection stated that all affected individuals had dined at the North Point restaurant on Saturday and Sunday. They began exhibiting symptoms such as stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhea 24 hours after eating at the restaurant. All affected individuals are in a stable condition.

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Harbour Grand Cafe. Photo: Wikicommons.

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) told HKFP that it inspected the premises and collected food samples from the restaurant for lab testing. It also said the Harbour Grand Cafe has stopped serving certain foods in question and conducted a full sterilisation.

The Grand Harbour Cafe declined to comment on whether the cases of food poisoning were directly caused by its food when contacted.

No more food poisoning cases have been reported to FEHD since it began taking measures to control the situation.

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Harbour Grand Cafe website. Photo: Screenshot from Harbour Grand Cafe.

The Centre for Health Protection advised the public to be cautious when dining outdoors by following guidelines such as avoiding raw seafood and eating in restaurants without a license. It also advised citizens that food cannot be sterilised with salt, vinegar, wine, or wasabi.

Gene Lin is a Journalism and Computer Science student at The University of Hong Kong. He worked as a reporter for the 'LIVE: Verified Updates' during the Occupy Central protests. He is also an editor at HKU's first English-language student paper, The Lion Post.