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AUTHORITIES at the Mangaung Private Prison outside Bloemfontein have sent samples of food for forensic testing after five prisoners landed in hospital with food poisoning.
The prisoners who were admitted to the local hospital have since being discharged.
The incident happened last week when four prisoners reported ill after lunch, according to Mangaung Correctional Centre deputy controller MC Motsapi.
Motsapi said 281 inmates were treated for runny stomachs.
"Five out of 281 prisoners were admitted to hospital but their condition was stable. No new cases have so far been reported," Motsapi said.
The prison is one of three private prisons in the country. The contract to run Mangaung Private Prison was granted to GS4 Care and Justice Service.
GS4 spokesperson Leana Goosen confirmed the incident but said things had returned to normal.
She said the food consignment of the day was being tested.