Philippines – DepEd probes ‘food poisoning’ involving pupils in NegOr public school


An investigation was initiated by the Department of Education (DepEd) regarding suspected food-borne illnesses involving elementary students in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental due to alleged contaminated milk distributed in schools in the area under the School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP).

“Based on the field report, the majority of the affected learners experienced mild illnesses, including dehydration and nausea,” DepEd said. “They were treated in nearby hospitals and were discharged later on,” it added.

Nonetheless, DepEd said it has facilitated the “provision of immediate medical assistance to affected individuals.” The agency will also continue to monitor the health status of the affected learners.

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