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Police in Bihar state in India: Pesticide found in deadly school lunch

20 July 2013, UPI, Patna, India -- "The food served for a school lunch that killed 23 children contained an agricultural pesticide, police in India said Saturday.

 

Ravinder Kumar, assistant director general of the Patna police, told reporters at a news conference monocrotophos, an insecticide known to be toxic to humans, was discovered in samples of oil and in a mixture of rice and vegetables, CNN reported.

 

The poisoning occurred at a one-room school in a village in the state of Bihar in eastern India, one of the poorest areas in the country. Witnesses said the children began vomiting soon after they finished lunch.

 

The school was described as a ramshackle one-room building. Like other government schools in India, it is required to provide a free lunch for pupils age 12 and younger.

 

The children who died or became sick were between the ages of 5 and 12.

 

The cook, Manju Devi, told police the headmistress, Meena Kumari, ordered her to go on with lunch preparations even thought she said the mustard oil she was using smelled bad. Devi was hospitalized while police were searching for Kumari to question her.

 

Bihari officials announced Friday a commission has been established to review procedures to ensure school food is safe. ..."

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South Africa: Govt Importing Meat Considered 'significant Risk'

24 May 2013, AllAfrica via Democratic Alliance (Cape Town) -- "In a reply to a DA parliamentary question, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson has revealed that various meat products - including water buffalo, donkey and horse meat - are being imported into South Africa from Brazil and India. This is despite meat from these countries being considered as posing a 'significant risk'.

 

The reply does not disclose the names of the parties responsible for the imports, nor does it indicate why meat from India and Brazil is considered to pose a 'significant risk'.

 

It is imperative that South Africa knows the reasons why the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries considers meat from these countries potentially harmful.

 

The DA will therefore be submitting an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to determine exactly why this meat is considered hazardous, and who the responsible parties are."

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Tackling Malnutrition in India: The Time is Now

Tackling Malnutrition in India: The Time is Now | Nutrition & Health | Scoop.it

8 July 2013, blog piece by IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition expert and President of the Ottawa-based Micronutrient Initiative (MI) -- "Tackling undernutrition requires governments to take a hard look at what must be done to change the austere conditions in which too many young children are growing up."

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Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition

13 May ReliefWeb -- Rates of malnutrition among India’s children are almost five times more than in China, and twice those in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Too often, new mothers are adolescents. A staggering 75% of them are anemic and most on put on less weight during pregnancy than they should - 5 kilograms on average compared to the worldwide average of close to 10kgs.

 

Malnutrition is India’s silent emergency and among India’s greatest human development challenges. Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world.

 

Rates of malnutrition among India’s children are almost five times more than in China, and twice those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly half of all India’s children - approximately 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too short for their age), 20% are wasted (too thin for their height, indicating acute malnutrition), 75% are anemic, and 57% are Vitamin A deficient.

 

Malnutrition affects children’s chances of survival, increases their susceptibility to illness, reduces their ability to learn, increases their chances of dropping out early from school, and makes them less productive in later life. Much of this undernourishment happens during pregnancy and in the first two years of a child’s life and, without appropriate interventions, the damage to brain development and future economic productivity is largely irreversible.

 

Given its impact on health, education and economic productivity, persistent under-nutrition is a major obstacle to human development, impacting India’s much-awaited demographic dividend and the country’s prospects for future economic growth.

 

While aggregate levels of malnutrition in India are alarmingly high, there are significant inequalities across states and socioeconomic groups with girls, rural areas, the poorest people, and scheduled tribes and castes being the worst affected. Six states - Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh - account for over half of India’s malnutrition cases, while an additional 8 to 10% of the burden is concentrated in specific areas of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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