HONG KONG, Sept 21 (AP) -- Hong Kong Disneyland has forced out a security supervisor who sparked a public relations debacle by asking health officers to remove their hats and badges when they investigated possible food poisoning at the park, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
The supervisor, a former police officer, was asked to resign or face dismissal and decided to quit, the South China Morning Post reported, citing an anonymous source.
Hong Kong Disneyland spokeswoman Esther Wong declined to comment about the supervisor's reported departure.
The Disneyland employee had asked the health officers to remove their identification to avoid alarming park guests. The Aug. 30 incident during a public preview of the park drew stern criticism from Hong Kong officials, clouding the park's grand opening last week.
Disneyland has repeatedly apologized for the move. "We'll abide by all Hong Kong laws and regulations and this kind of incident will not happen again," spokeswoman Wong said Wednesday.
The Hong Kong government earlier said an initial investigation into the suspected food poisoning did not turn up any incriminating samples. The Food and Environment Hygiene Department wasn't able to immediately give an update on the investigation Wednesday.