Philippines — Police
town in Negros Occidental arrested a man and a woman in connection with a
food poisoning incident that downed some 50 pupils in a school there, a radio
report said Saturday.
Visayas-based BomboRadyo reported that MyleneHingco and Joel Abaro were
detained for the incident that downed 50 pupils at AlfredoMontelibanoElementary
Initial investigation showed Hingco sold the "Lemon Square"
pastries to Abaro in exchange for a ganta of rice.
Abaro's children, both pupils at the elementary
school, then sold the food items to their classmates.
Hingco admitted knowing the food items were already
expired as early as July 2008. She said some of the pastries werer already already moldy.
Hingco said she got her supply of pastries from a
sibling who works at a distributor of "Lemon Square" in BacolodCity.
The expired pastries were to be used as hog feed, she said.
But she insisted she did not know Abaro would let
his children sell the pastries.
Meanwhile, six Grade 4 pupils remained at the WesternVisayasRegionalHospital Saturday
morning after complaining of vomiting. Other pupils remained at the Murcia
Municipal Health Clinic.
For his part, Murcia Mayor Esteban Coscuella said
he would summon the distributor of the food items to inquire why they allowed
the sale of the expired items instead of destroying them. - GMANews.TV