After consuming food at the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club's function centre over 100 people are reported to have contracted food poisoning. The attendees suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea following events held last Wednesday and Friday at the venue in Melbourne's south-east.
Spokesman for the Department of Human Services, Bram Alexander, said that the department was investigating whether the cause of the incidents was viral or bacterial (food related).
He said that, "after the first set of illnesses were reported to us there was an initial clean-up. The onset of illness was 24 to 36 hours so it wasn't immediate, it was sometime after."
The function centre has closed voluntarily while the investigation continues.