Free school lunch turns deadly in India

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. People took to the street to protest attacking buses and cars.

Dozens of children were also hospitalized after eating the free meals at their primary school.
22 Kids Dead After Eating School Lunch in India
Dozens of children were also hospitalized after eating the free meals at their primary school.
 At least 20 children have died and another 35 are being treated in hospital in India after eating a contaminated school meal. The children fell sick after eating their free school lunch of rice and lentils in the village of Marakh in the Saran district in the eastern state of Bihar. The meal was prepared at the school. The poisoning is believed to have been caused by insecticides in the food. Hundreds of people demonstrated outside a local police station in Marakh, demanding that measures be taken against the school administration. The local authorities have begun an investigation and say families of the dead will be compensated. Shyam Rajak, provincial minister of food and civil supplies announced: “The chief minister of Bihar has ordered a probe into the incident. A committee has been set up for the probe. A team of doctors is providing treatment to the hospitalised children. A compensation of 200,000 rupees (2,560 euros) has been announced for the families of the dead children.” Bihar is one of India’s poorest states and the free mid-day meal, distributed in 29 Indian states, in is one of the largest feeding programmes in the world. Food poisoning in schools in India is a frequent occurrence because of the poor levels of food hygiene and often the inferior quality of food.
School meal kills 20 children in India
At least 20 children have died and another 35 are being treated in hospital in India after eating a contaminated school meal. The children fell sick after eating their free school lunch of rice and lentils in the village of Marakh in the Saran district in the eastern state of Bihar. The meal was prepared at the school. The poisoning is believed to have been caused by insecticides in the food. Hundreds of people demonstrated outside a local police station in Marakh, demanding that measures be taken against the school administration. The local authorities have begun an investigation and say families of the dead will be compensated. Shyam Rajak, provincial minister of food and civil supplies announced: “The chief minister of Bihar has ordered a probe into the incident. A committee has been set up for the probe. A team of doctors is providing treatment to the hospitalised children. A compensation of 200,000 rupees (2,560 euros) has been announced for the families of the dead children.” Bihar is one of India’s poorest states and the free mid-day meal, distributed in 29 Indian states, in is one of the largest feeding programmes in the world. Food poisoning in schools in India is a frequent occurrence because of the poor levels of food hygiene and often the inferior quality of food.
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
 Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
Children in India refuse to eat free school meals after poisoning
Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
 Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
Children in India refuse to eat free school meals after poisoning
Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
 There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.
Violent protests after death of 22 school children in India
There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
Indian children who fell sick after eating a free school lunch lie at a hospital in Patna, India, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)
 Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
Children in India refuse to eat free school meals after poisoning
Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
 Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
Children in India refuse to eat free school meals after poisoning
Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
 There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.
Violent protests after death of 22 school children in India
There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.
 Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
Children in India refuse to eat free school meals after poisoning
Thousands of children across India have refused to eat their free school lunch, fearful of being poisoned. It follows the death of at least 23 children after eating a contaminated free school meal in the Indian state of Bihar. A local official told Reuters that 25 had died, but the toll couldn’t be confirmed. The children suffered from vomiting and convulsions from stomach cramps within minutes of eating the meal of rice, lentils and vegetables. Of those being treated in hospital, 23 are completely out of danger, while one is still in a critical condition. The school cook is also being treated. Police are now searching for the headmistress of the school in Gandaman village who has disappeared. The focus of the investigation is on the oil used to cook the meal. Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container. The free meals are distributed under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children..
 There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.
Violent protests after death of 22 school children in India
There have been angry protests in India’s eastern Bihar state after the death of 22 children from a contaminated school meal. Protesters attacked buses and cars and destroyed a kiosk in the village of Masrakh where the deaths happened. The children, aged between eight and 12, were taken ill after eating a free school lunch. They were rushed to the local hospital and later to the state capital for treatment. Dozens, including the school cook, remain in hospital and there are fears the death toll could rise. Indian officials say there was a large dose of an insecticide – organophosphorous – in the food. K M Dubey, a doctor at Chapra District Hospital, said: “Organophosphorous is a compound, also used as a pesticide for crops. It is very dangerous. Even a small quantity of it would prove fatal for small children. Looking at the critical condition in which they were brought to the hospital, it seems like there were large quantities of poison in the food that they consumed.” The authorities have suspended a food inspector and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster.

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