Noida: Food Poisoning Strikes 30 Students At Step By Step School, Food Safety Officers Denied Entry

| April 6 , 2018 , 15:10 IST

At least 30 students of the Step by Step School of Noida fell sick after consuming breakfast in the school canteen on Thursday, but food safety officers sent to the school later on by the Noida administration were allegedly denied access by the school management.

The students complained of uneasiness and stomach ache and some of them threw up, after which a team of doctors was called in to provide immediate help, the management of Step By Step School said. Some of the students had to be taken to nearby hospitals in Noida and Delhi but all are said to be in stable condition.

The Noida administration was informed of the food poisoning incident, after which food safety officers were sent to the Step by Step School to take stock of the situation, however, the officers were denied entry.

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"After 25-30 students fell ill at this Noida school, we sent the city magistrate, circle officer and food safety officer for investigation, but the officers weren't allowed to enter the school. We are inquiring into the incident," District Magistrate BN Singh told news agency ANI.

At the Step by Step School, the students aren't allowed to bring food from home as the school provides them with breakfast and lunch from its canteen. Food samples from the canteen have been sent for evaluation.

The principle of the school issued an official statement on the incident.

"Some of the students at our school had mild to severe stomach ache and some also vomited. It is unclear as to the cause of the apparent problem. A team of doctors from Max Hospital was called in immediately to provide medical attention to affected students," the principal said in a statement.

"Parents of those affected have been kept informed and necessary steps are being taken for the well-being of all students. A few students who wanted to go home were sent home safely with their parents," the statement added.

The police have registered an FIR against the school management.