The mid-day meal scheme in India is also besieged by incidents of children falling ill after partaking free lunch in government schools. It took tragic proportions in July when 23 students in Bihar’s Saran district died after eating mid-day meal contaminated with pesticides.
The students in China were admitted to local hospitals for treatment. So far 168 students had been discharged, while 12 are still under observation, government officials said.
The milk and cookies supplied to the students have been sealed and samples have been sent to the provincial disease control and prevention centre for investigation.
According to the county government, preliminary investigation shows that milk might have caused the incident. Further investigation into the matter is underway.