Lady arrested over poisoning

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A lady who supplied food to a school in Vavunaitivu, Batticaloa has been arrested after over 70 children fell ill and were hospitalized yesterday with suspected food poisoning, police spokesman S.P Jayakody told Daily Mirror online.

The police spokesman said that of the over 70 children who were admitted yesterday for treatment at the Batticaloa hospital most of them had returned home as of this morning. Further investigations are under way.

Meanwhile the BBC reported that the school is a beneficiary of the World Food Programme meals for school’s and the meals had been cooked in the school kitchen. The Principal of the Irratucholaimadu school said that there has been some rivalry among two parties involved in the cooking.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Friday, 26 March 2010 05:21 PM

    In Sri Lanka, 'too many cooks' make 'better' soups, only for themselves!

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:05 AM

    To Kalu Bandara,

    You mean the program is misused by some "cooks"?

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:21 AM

    She is NO lady. put her in prison and poison her,

    Friday, 26 March 2010 08:55 AM

    The phrase is; ' Too many cooks spoil the broth.'

    Friday, 26 March 2010 11:02 PM

    This is terrible.Hapenning more often. What is necessary is , to educate these food preparing personnel, in basic hygiene, and constant training, also to prepare food under a HACCP system and to be varified by the authorities.Also GMP (good manufacturing practices) should be implemented, and the system to be audited by an independent body.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:36 AM

    When the dry food items are so costly and when people go for junk food for its attractive rate and when everybody orders food for a cheap rate the tendency is to find alternatives by the caterer with squalid unhygienic workers and utensils and also with cheap cooking methods..Consumer authority and municipal authorities turn a blind eye for wayside kiosks and food parcels sold in public places. Public health officers should see this without getting busy obsessed with meat sellers and unlicensed slaughter houses only.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 10:58 AM

    why not charge SF for that?

    Friday, 26 March 2010 11:08 AM

    the best thing to do would be to.stop provinding food to children immediantly.and the most immediently setting up food safey stainded by legistation and then creat a practicle study course to be followed by those who wish to take these food providing contracts , they must follow the courses and practicle s before they can apply for contracts,this may take a year or so but it is worthe in every mean

    Friday, 26 March 2010 03:08 AM

    Rivalry??? bloody people! Leave the innocent kids alone from your greed for money

    Friday, 26 March 2010 03:27 AM

    what government is doing i found most of the food outlet are very dirty not clean at all health department must keep random checking quality of food cleanness, cooling system heating system proper or what apply HACCP SYSTEM to improve preparation of good quality of food.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:23 AM

    this will happen again again When you serve poor quality food to the School children
    114 students from 3
    schools in Matale were admitted to the hospital after consuming the
    noon meal provided to them by the school on 10 Feb 2010

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:39 AM

    The World Food program is very usefull to our school children. But, unfortunately the program is misused by some crooks. The goverment should be very strict on this matter.
    The culprits should be funished with maximum sentences as a good lession for others.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 04:59 AM

    Why do you call this suspect a "lady". If the allegations are true, she should be given a life sentence for attempted murder of these school children.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 01:57 PM

    This would never happen if LTTE was in control, as with LTTE there is no way that guilty will escape or get out being shot

    Friday, 26 March 2010 02:00 PM

    the cooked meal program produced this unkindly actions please, replace this cooked meals with some kind of biscuits or quality dry foods.

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:14 AM

    This has been a common occurrence now. Nothing happens to the people who supply contaminated food. We have only elections no policies.... only police stations no punishments...

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:18 AM

    sabotage.............. by anti govt elements ????

    Friday, 26 March 2010 05:36 AM

    A case of too many cooks spoiling the soup.

    Saturday, 27 March 2010 07:58 AM

    It is really sad when innocent children enter the equation in the people's greed for making a fast buck. In UK every employee working in the food processing industry is expected to possess a Food Hygiene Certificate which ensures careless handling is eliminated.


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