The quality of the mid-day meal supplied in government schools is again in question after a dead baby snake was found in the food served to children. The students had complained that the food was smelling bad and some even vomited.
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The quality of the mid-day meal supplied in government schools is again in question after a dead baby snake was found in the food served to children in Rajkeeya Girls Senior Secondary School here. Although the children were immediately instructed to stop consuming the food, some students had already tasted it. The students had complained that the food was smelling bad and some even vomited.
As per HT report, it was after one of the students spotted a small dead snake on her plate, an alarm was raised. The district administration was contacted and officials immediately stopped other schools from consuming mid-day meals supplied by the ISKCON Foundation.
The food sample was later collected and sent to a laboratory for testing in Chandigarh. There are 371 schools where mid-day meals are served in Faridabad district. A committee, under tehsildar of Faridabad, has been constituted to conduct a probe in the whole incident.
Dhananjay Krishen Dass, vice chairman of ISKCON Food and Relief North India said that the school had not shown them the snake that they found in the food.
“Our food is cooked in 120 degrees Celsius temperature. There is no chance that even an insect can enter our kitchens, forget a snake,” he said. The vice chairman further added that the food is handed over to the mid-day meal in-charges after thorough checking.
“Today too, the food was checked before being handed over. The in-charge of mid-day meals in this school accepted the food against a proper receipt,” he added.
Dass said that generally it had been found that schools keep the cooked food under trees in the open which increases the chances of insects falling in the meals. “We have lodged a complaint with the district administration against the school. They should have shown us whatever they found in the food,” Dass said.[Source”cnbc”]