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Press Trust Of India
Beijing, September 14, 2013
At least 180 students fell ill after having milk and cookies at an elementary school in central China's Hunan Province earlier this week. The students from a school in Xinhua County were hospitalised after they reported having headaches, stomachache and vomiting in the last four days, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

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.