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64 students take ill after consuming milk in mid-day meal
Thursday, 30/07/2015


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/64-students-take-ill-after-consuming-milk-in-mid-day-meal/articleshow/48273725.cms

LUCKNOW: Sixty four students of a government junior high school in Cantonment here took ill after consuming flavoured milk provided in the mid-day meal on Wednesday. The milk was supplied by Parag Dairy and distributed by an NGO Akshaypatra. The district magistrate has ordered a magisterial probe.

The children were admitted to Cantonment Board Hospital after they complained of stomach ache and nausea.

Angry parents vandalized the van in which food containers and milk packets were brought. A parent alleged that students had refused to drink the milk saying it had a foul smell but were told by teachers "to finish it till the last drop".

Akshaypatra, which supplies mid-day meal and milk to the Cantonment Board-run school, had distributed the flavoured milk for the first time on Wednesday. The NGO supplies mid-day meal to 90 schools, covering 6,000 students, in Lucknow.

Parag authorities blamed Akshaypatra for not maintaining the requisite temperature at which milk should be kept. Parag Diary general manger DK Singh said, "Probably milk was not kept at the temperature required for it. The milk supplied to 6,000 children was taken from the same tank. Hence, there was nothing wrong with milk."

Director (operations), Akshaypatra, Vinay N Kumar told TOI that it was probably due to dehydration that children fell sick. "The students had come to the school empty stomach and then given the milk. Therefore, they complained of nausea and fell ill. We have collected samples of flavoured milk for an internal investigation," he added.

District magistrate Raj Shekhar said samples of the flavoured milk as well as food distributed will be sent for laboratory tests. The action will be taken based on the lab reports, he added.

"Parag Dairy GM claims they supplied 12,000 mil packets of 200ml each to Akshaypatra on Wednesday. The dairy said milk was duly pasteurized by boiling it to 90 degrees Celsius and then chilling it to 4 degrees Celsius before packaging it into small packets. The problem did not crop up for all 12,000 packets but for a specific school which should be investigated," said Chief development officer Yogesh Kumar.

Parag Diary GM said pasteurized milk is safe and consumable for 10 hours if it is maintained at normal room temperature, Kumar said, adding basic shiksha adhuikari has collected a milk sample.

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