72 school children suffer from food poisoning in Tapi

Surat: 72 children of a primary school suffered from food poisoning after drinking milk served under the mid-day meal scheme in Ucchal taluka of Tapi district here today, police said.

They said the students, shortly after consuming milk, complained of vomiting and loose motion, following which they were rushed to local government hospital.

"Primarily, it is a case of food poisoning after consuming the milk. We have collected samples of water and milk and any further action can be initiated only after lab report is received," Dr Amit Bhambore at the hospital said.

Those whose condition was critical were admitted for treatment while other children were discharged after primary treatment, health officials said.

Tapi district health officials said samples of the milk supplied under the mid-day meal scheme in the school have been sent to forensic science laboratory for testing.