State Govt issues guidelines to stop food poisoning
THE PRIMARY education department has evolved a new set of guidelines to prevent cases of food poisoning in schools. The guidelines issued to the BSAs throughout the state will also be displayed at schools to minimise the cases of food poisoning. The mid-day meals are being served in all the government-run primary schools to attract maximum children. But the inept handling of the mid-day meal scheme, at many places, kicked up a row when the students, after having the lunch, fell unconscious.
In Kanpur region alone, two children died and many were admitted to hospitals. In the aftermath of such incidents, the authorities decided to introduce precautionary measures.
A letter issued by director (basic education) dated March 7, 2006 mainly laid emphasis on the cleaning activities to be undertaken before preparation and serving the meal. The letter stated that the place, where the meal is prepared, should be neat and clean.
Clean utensils and water should be used for cooking. Before cooking it should be made sure that raw material and grain being used for preparation of mid- day meal is not rotten.
The meal before distribution should be tasted by the teachers of the school.
Besides, no unauthorised person, including the children, should be allowed to enter the place of cooking.
Menu for the mid-day meal should be followed strictly according to plan. However, if food is not consumed the same day, it should not served the next day.
It also suggested that Daliya, Halwa, Kheer and Khichadi should be taken with the help of spoon by student.
The letter also suggested that the parents of the students, village heads, teachers, members of parents association should be told to taste the mid-day meal put their remarks in the register.
The primary education authorties have also directed the district education department to send the progress report of mid-day meal monthly instead of sending the report quarterly.