Insect found in midday meal in Odisha
An insect was found in the food supplied by a private agency, in a primary school at Hinjili in Odisha's Ganjam district on Saturday.
The meal was not served to any student after the insect was detected in the soya curry at Regedi Primary School, local Block Development Officer (BDO), Subhransu Mishra said.
The midday meal was returned immediately to the Nandi Foundation, a Chennai-based organisation, he said, adding that instead of cooked meal, the students were supplied biscuits.
The Nandi Foundation has been entrusted by the government to supply hygienic and nutritional midday meal to 390 schools in Hinjili and Chhatrapur blocks, and to the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) area in Ganjam district.
After being informed by headmistress Shantilata Sabat about the matter, the BDO rushed to the school.
On July 21, an insect was found in the midday meal supplied by the organisation in Tamaya Tank Road Primary School, Berhampur.
The district administration has sent the food samples for laboratory testing and the report is yet to be received, sources said.
The district administration had disengaged the organisation from supplying mid-day meals in Sheragada block, after 67 children belonging to four schools fell sick after eating the meal in March.