Contaminated meet in Indian town sickens children and sparks violent protests

Posted on July 17, 2013 • Filed under: Civil Unrest, India, Tourist Warning, Travel Health

Al Jazeera reports that at least 25 Indian children have died and dozens left in a critical condition needing hospital treatment after apparently being poisoned by a school meal. The incident has triggered violent protests and angry allegations of blame. The children aged four to 12 fell ill on Tuesday after consuming a lunch of rice, soybean and lentils in the state of Bihar, one of India’s poorest. The school, at Mashrakh village in the district of Chapra, provided free meals under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world’s largest school feeding programme involving 120 million children. Read article

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