India: 69 children suffer from food poisoning after consuming milk

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Panchmahals, Mar 3 : Around 69 students of a primary school in a village in the district today suffered from food poisoning after they consumed packaged milk given to them as part of Gujarat government's 'Van Bandhu Yojana', officials said.

All students have been shifted to a government hospital in Santrampur taluka headquarters, officials said.

"Around 69 students from Batakwada village have been admitted to the government hospital after they suffered from food poisoning," District Collector Milind Toravane told PTI.

"The food poisoning happened after the children consumed milk supplied by the Panchmahals dairy, given to them as part of the government's supplementary nutrition programme," Toravane said.

According to district administration sources, similar cases were reported from Vagothara village near Batakwada.

Toravane said there were chances of more cases of poisoning being reported from nearby villages as milk from the dairy was also supplied to those areas.

He, however, said there was nothing to fear as the situation was under control.

The collected samples from milk pouches will be sent for tests.



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