Over 80 fall sick after consuming special flour in Ghaziabad/G Noida

Nearly sixty people in Greater Noida and over two dozen in Ghaziabad fell ill after consuming special fasting flour (kuttu) Wednesday evening and have been admitted to various hospitals, officials said Thursday.

Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 16:10 PM IST

Greater Noida/Ghaziabad: Nearly sixty people in Greater Noida and over two dozen in Ghaziabad fell ill after consuming special fasting flour (kuttu) Wednesday evening and have been admitted to various hospitals, officials said Thursday.

According to sources in the administration, over two dozen people residing in Baudh Vihar in Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad fell ill after consuming the adulterated flour.

"My father RP Sharma, elder brother Manoj, his wife Sanju Devi, daughter Shweta, and son Shivam had observed a fast for Shivratri Wednesday. In the evening they had kachori and pakodis of the kuttu to end their fast. Just after it, they started vomiting," said Arvind Sharma, a resident of the area.

He said he took them to a nearby hospital, and later many people from the same area were brought to the hospital after exhibiting similar symptoms.

In Greater Noida, around sixty people were reportedly admitted to different hospitals after consuming adulterated flour.

Kapil Wardeja, a resident of Parasvnath State Apartments, fell sick, along with his wife Rakhi, father Suraj Bhan and mother Kamlesh, just minutes after eating pakodis made from the flour.

They were taken to a nearby hospital where the doctors confirmed they suffered food poisoning.

The adulterated flour was mainly bought from Hari Om Provisional Store in Alpha-II and Shakti General Store near Jagat Farms.

Administration sources said all the victims had consumed the flour manufactured by the same factory, Mohit Grinders, on Meerut Road in Ghaziabad, and sold under the brand name Jai Durga.

"We had conducted a raid in the factory last (Wednesday) evening after getting to know about the incident but the owners had fled. During the raid, we found that the factory was not manufacturing the flour now but had only kept raw non-grinded kuttu," Chief Food Inspector Rajeev Verma said.

"After our earlier raid, the factory had stopped production of the flour. It is the earlier manufactured flour that seems to be in circulation in the market up to now and whose consumption led to the food poisoning. We are anyway, registering an FIR against the factory owner separately at Greater Noida and Ghaziabad," he said.

The factory had been raided after four members of a family in Ghaziabad`s Sanjay Nagar suffered food poisoning Feb 16 after consuming the flour.

IANS