Milk Tea killed 2, 1 hospitalized in Manila

n.c.radomes By n.c.radomes, 15th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Warning to the public. If not sure of the safety of food or drinks sold in public eating places , especially those inadvertently adulterated with cockroaches, houselizards, etc., and foul-smelling, don't hesitate to report the matter to constituted authorities.

Eatery closed

Authorities padlocked right away a Manila eatery called ErgoCha on Bustillos Street in Sampaloc, Manila after the fatal deaths of its operator and a customer and the poisoning of another who ordered and sipped milk tea sold in the shop.
“Too fast, too quick and too fatal,” said the Chief of the Health Department of Manila Dr. Benjamin Yson that the victims were unable to go out the shop to the hospital for treatment.

Toxic milk tea

That Thursday, April 9, two people died after sipping milk tea with Hokkaido, a powder flavoring ingredient. A third victim is recovering and later described in stable condition.
After swallowing a sip or 2 of the milk tea, customers Suzaine Dagohoy, 28-year-old sales representative from Sampaloc, and her boyfriend 34-year old Arnold Aydalla called shop owner 57-year old William Abrigo to complain that the milk tea he had served was foul-tasting. Prompted, Abrigo tasted the drink, and within 3 minutes of consuming the Hokkaido-flavored milk tea that he himself had prepared, shop owner William Abrigo dropped on the floor of the eatery. He died at the Sampaloc Hospital later, the report said.
Dagohoy died two hours after Abrigo had collapsed, according to the police. Aydalla was reported in a stable condition.


In 2011 milk tea becomes a hot food item, triggering tea shops to mushroom in Manila, most of them coming from China and Taiwan where tea leaves are shipped for authentic effect. A typical milk tea is a mixture of tea powder or syrup, milk and sago
Aydalla said they were looking forward to a relaxing day before tragedy struck. Both of them were free from work so he paid her a visit. He never thought such bad luck would happen to them. In an interview with Tempo, he said it was not the first time they bought milk tea from the store. Aydalla said he and Dagohoy were already talking about settling down.
This report is sourced from an online article by Jovic Yee published Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.


  • ErgoCha, tea shop in Bustillos, Sampalok /
  • Dagohoy's boyfriend, a merchandiser in Parañaque, survived /
  • Milk tea poisonings an 'isolated event': DOH /

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17th Apr 2015 (#)

So milk tea is not just tea with a splash of milk in it?

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author avatar WOGIAM
20th Apr 2015 (#)

What exactly is milk tea? I assume it is a type of beverage. I agree that food sold in public places can be health and safety concern as sometimes the products used are not of the highest quality.

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