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Curating articles on #food, #nutrition, #health including related topics such as #malnutrition #obesity #diabetes #foodlabeling #stunting #supplements. #biofortified, #omega-3s. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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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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Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain

Guadeloupe and Martinique threatened as pesticide contaminates food chain | Nutrition & Health |

6 May 2013, The Guardian -- On 15 April more than 100 fishermen demonstrated in the streets of Fort de France, the main town on Martinique, in the French West Indies. In January they barricaded the port until the government in Paris allocated €2m ($2.6m) in aid, which they are still waiting for. The contamination caused by chlordecone, a persistent organochlorine pesticide, means their spiny lobsters are no longer fit for human consumption. The people of neighbouring Guadeloupe are increasingly angry for the same reason. After polluting the soil, the chemical is wreaking havoc out at sea, an environmental disaster that now threatens the whole economy.


"I've been eating pesticide for 30 years so I carry on eating my fish. But what will happen to my grandchildren?" asks Franck Nétri who has fished off the south-east coast of Guadeloupe all his life. Aged 46, he sees little scope for a change of trade. Yet he knows he has no option: the area where fishing has been banned will soon be extended. In 2010 a government decree placed the offshore limit at 500 metres. It will soon be 900 metres.


Chlordecone (aka Kepone) is known to be an endocrine disruptor and was listed as carcinogenic in 1979. The coastline was the last part of the island to be contaminated, as the chemical was gradually washed down by the rivers. Pollution centres on the Basse-Terre area, which specialised in growing bananas for export. As the contamination spread, fishing had to be stopped and freshwater prawn farms closed. The same soon applied to the crabs caught in the mangrove swamps. It remains to be seen which deepwater species will be allowed to be caught in the future.

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