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22 Children Die after Eating School Lunch in India.....

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At least 22 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday.



It was not immediately clear how chemicals ended up in the food in a school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said the food may not have been properly washed before it was cooked.

The children, between the ages of 5 and 12, fell ill Tuesday soon after eating lunch in Gandamal village in Masrakh block, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the state capital of Patna. School authorities immediately stopped serving the meal of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes as the children started vomiting.

In addition to the 22 children who died, another 25 children and the school cook were in hospital undergoing treatment, P.K. Sahi, the state education minister. Three children were in serious condition.

Authorities suspended an official in charge of the free meal scheme in the school and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster, who fled as soon as the children fell ill.

Angry villagers, joined by members of local opposition parties, closed shops and businesses near the school and overturned and burned four police vehicles.

Sahi said a preliminary investigation suggested the food contained an organophosphate used as an insecticide on rice and wheat crops. It's believed the grain was not washed before it was served at the school, he said.....snip~

22 children die after eating school lunch in India

22 kids killed and 25 suffering from food poisoning. All thru a Food Program too.
 

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At least 22 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday.



It was not immediately clear how chemicals ended up in the food in a school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said the food may not have been properly washed before it was cooked.

The children, between the ages of 5 and 12, fell ill Tuesday soon after eating lunch in Gandamal village in Masrakh block, 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the state capital of Patna. School authorities immediately stopped serving the meal of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes as the children started vomiting.

In addition to the 22 children who died, another 25 children and the school cook were in hospital undergoing treatment, P.K. Sahi, the state education minister. Three children were in serious condition.

Authorities suspended an official in charge of the free meal scheme in the school and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster, who fled as soon as the children fell ill.

Angry villagers, joined by members of local opposition parties, closed shops and businesses near the school and overturned and burned four police vehicles.

Sahi said a preliminary investigation suggested the food contained an organophosphate used as an insecticide on rice and wheat crops. It's believed the grain was not washed before it was served at the school, he said.....snip~

22 children die after eating school lunch in India

22 kids killed and 25 suffering from food poisoning. All thru a Food Program too.
How horrible. :(

Though I may really dislike certain aspects of our FDA, and things can even get by them, but at least there is some level of safety for food handling.

Not wash the crops before serving/processing? Especially when insecticides are used...... I hope some program is put into place to prevent this in the future, so the loss of life is not so totally pointless.
 

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How horrible. :(

Though I may really dislike certain aspects of our FDA, and things can even get by them, but at least there is some level of safety for food handling.

Not wash the crops before serving/processing? Especially when insecticides are used...... I hope some program is put into place to prevent this in the future, so the loss of life is not so totally pointless.
Heya GG. :2wave: Yeah.....I think the parents went after the Kitchen people to besides tearing up 4 Police Vehicles. Like you said we have some protections at least.
 

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Update: This is how they explain it all went down. For those that have any interest. Plus the Principal of the School has fled. Which he did so Right away. Worried that parents were coming to get him or the authorities.

Cooks recount horror of Indian school lunch deaths.....



Soon after they served the daily free lunch they had prepared for dozens of children at a rural Indian school, the two cooks realized something was very wrong. The students started fainting. Within hours, they began dying.

By Thursday afternoon, 23 children between the ages of 5 and 12 had died from eating food laced with insecticide and many others had fallen ill.

Authorities discovered a container of pesticide in the school's cooking area next to the vegetable cooking oil and mustard oil, but it wasn't yet known if that container was the source, according to Amarjeet Sinha, a top official in the state of Bihar, where the tragedy took place.

Some officials have said it appeared that the rice had somehow been tainted with pesticide and might not have been properly washed before it was cooked.

"It's not a case of food poisoning. It's a case of poison in food in a large quantity, going by the instant deaths," Sinha said.

Sinha said one of the cooks told authorities that the cooking oil appeared different than usual, but the principal told her to use it anyway. Doctors believed the food contained an organophosphate used as an insecticide, he said.

Those who survived the poison were unlikely to suffer from any serious aftereffects from the tainted food, said Patna Medical College hospital superintendent Amarkant Jha Amar.

"There will be no remnant effects on them. The effects of poisoning will be washed after a certain period of time from the tissues," Amar said.....snip~

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Indian school lunch tragedy reveals problems with food safety.....

The usually busy markets closed early today, and traffic is almost nonexistent in the town of Chapra, in India’s Bihar Province. But the streets are far from quiet. A bandh, or demonstration, has been called and protesters are out on the street, demanding answers for the tragedy that struck this small provincial city some 550 miles from New Delhi.

As of midday on Wednesday, 22 children – all under the age of 12 – have died after eating tainted government school lunch program meals, while dozens more are reported to be seriously ill. The deaths have shed light on serious problems with India's school meal programs, which are designed to increase attendance and combat India’s high rates of child malnutrition.

Despite India’s impressive economic growth, it is still home to approximately one third of all malnourished children in the world, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). That’s more than all of sub-Saharan Africa.

This has done little to satisfy community members in Chapra, where violent protests have broken out amid speculation of foul play, reports the Telegraph.


The Telegraph's South Asia editor Dean Nelson said that allegations that the authorities took 15 hours to hospitalise the sick children led to dozens of residents taking to the streets in Chapra, pelting a police station with stones and setting ablaze buses and other vehicles.

"There have also been allegations that the cause of these death may have been deliberate, the government education minister in Bihar is saying this is not normal food poisoning," he added.....snip~

Indian school lunch tragedy reveals problems with food safety - Yahoo! News

Which would be the case for most food programs in countries with a high population of malnourished children. Proper training and teaching people to not take chemicals and put them wherever they want to.

Also now it is being reported that there could have been foul play.
 

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so sad

l know it is not exactly the main point of the story but it reminds me of a famous cook



have you heard about what jamie oliver did to protect his child from terrible school meals ?

or l had better start a thread about it
 

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so sad

l know it is not exactly the main point of the story but it reminds me of a famous cook



have you heard about what jamie oliver did to protect his child from terrible school meals ?

or l had better start a thread about it
Heya Medusa :2wave: .....nope I didn't hear it.
 
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