Mid-day meal woes continue,samples fail test,DHO to try again

Issues regarding the quality of mid-day meal served continue as the samples of ‘curry’ collected by the district health department on May 2 from Government Middle School,New Subhash Nagar,have been declared ‘unsafe’,as per the report released by Punjab Food Analysts Lab in Chandgarh on Thursday.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana | Published: May 31, 2013 3:44 am

Issues regarding the quality of mid-day meal served continue as the samples of ‘curry’ collected by the district health department on May 2 from Government Middle School,New Subhash Nagar,have been declared ‘unsafe’,as per the report released by Punjab Food Analysts Lab in Chandgarh on Thursday.

The ‘rice’ samples,which were found infested with pests,have ‘passed’ the test. Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur questioned how the ‘pest-infected rice’ passed the test. “Our work is to collect samples and send. The report from Chandigarh states that the rice sample passed the test,while the curry failed,” Kaur said.

Commenting on what action will be taken against the contractor who prepares the meals,she said,“A notice and warning letter have been issued against him,but legal action will be taken only after the reports of the other 16 samples that were taken on Thursday is received”.

The samples taken by the district health officer on Thursday include 10 from central kitchen,Sherpur Kalan,and six from other schools. It is being reportedly seen as an eyewash to save the contractor from action that will be taken against him after the curry samples failed the test.

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