The maker of Wendy’s Durian Candy, the suspected cause of food poisoning outbreak affecting approximately 2000 students in the Caraga region, appeared to Talomo Police Station to refute involvement in the incident. Wendy’s owner Janet Aquino denied they manufactured or caused the reselling of their products in Surigao but admitted they have bulk buyers from Surigao.
The owner of Wendy’s Durian Candy did not discount the possibility that the candies were repacked and re-sold. She told police that their candies have six months shelf life.
The Philippine Information Agency in Surigao del Sur reported that seven people were arrested by the police in relation to the food poisoning. She said that five of the suspects are with the police authorities Cagwait while two others are in Tandag City police.
The arrested suspects in Cagwait were identified as Richard Rivera Jr., Junnil Teriote, John Dequilla, Joel Pasa, and Martinez Bocaycay, all residents of Calinan, Davao City. The police also impounded the L300 van with plate number MEM-366 used by the suspects.
The arrested suspects in Tandag City were identified as Genelyn Dorgas Pasa of Bucana Boulevard, Davao City and Henrito Bitco Amoguis of Valencia, Bukidnon.Tranquilan said the confiscated candies bear the name “Wendy’s Durian” and “Mangosteen Delicious Candy”.