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FDA initiates action in mid-day meal food poisoning at Mapusa

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Mapusa: Food and Drugs Administration department swung into action 45 students of two high schools in Mapusa town,  suffered poisoning through the food provided under mid-day meal scheme.

Around 45 students from two High Schools – Janta School and Ganesh Vidya Mandir – both located in Mapusa town complained of uneasiness after they consumed food under State sponsored mid day meal scheme. The formal complaint was filed with Mapusa police by managements of both the schools.

State FDA Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the team of the department officials was immediately rushed to the high school to check the sample of the food supplied by local self help group to the students.

He said that the team of FDA officials also inspected the premises of the self help group where the food was prepared.

“It was learnt that mid day meal at Janata School was supplied by Shri Ram Self Help Group,” he said adding that out of total 438 students from the school who consumed the meal, 38 were affected.

“On inspecting the premises of the self help group, it was noted that they have shifted to new place and they could not produce the licence from FDA. The self help group was ordered to immediately stop the operations,” the minister said.

The team also revealed that the food for Ganesh Vidya Mandir was supplied by Rashtroli Mahila Mandal. In this school, out of 350 students, seven were affected with the food poisoning. “several deficiencies were also found in the kitchen of this self help group, who were asked to comply with the directions of FDA,” he said. 

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