Spl Squad to check quality of food at schools: Min

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the mid-day meal disaster in Bihar which led to the death of 22 children and some cases of food poisoning in Odisha, the state government decided on Saturday to form special squad to test quality of foods served at schools under midday meal scheme.

In a review meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the School and Mass Education department to form these special squads at block and district levels, said Rabi Narayan Nanda, School and Mass Education minister.

The department will ensure every school gets a special kitchen to prepare the food. Besides, three people – c
ook, assistant cook and one member of the managing committee of a school – will have to taste the food before serving it to the students, Nanda added. 
“We will implement these decisions on war footing at all schools across the state,” added the minister.

Notably, at least 39 students on Friday fell ill after consuming food, contaminated by a dead scorpion, served under the scheme at their school in Dhenkanal district.