150 pupils hospitalised after glass found in food

Polokwane – Hungry Limpopo school children are the unsuspecting victims of an alleged tender war between food suppliers, according to reports.

On Monday more than 150 pupils from Kwena Tshwena Primary School in Ridgefontein were rushed to hospital after crushed glass was alleged found in their food, eNCA reported.

According an unnamed staff member the children received food from the school’s feeding scheme and by the afternoon a group of pupils were sent to hospital after complaining of stomach cramps and vomiting.

The staffer told eNCA that by Monday evening over 150 pupils were admitted to hospital.

Thabo Mogoaneng, an uncle of one of the children, told the news channel that it was not the first time such an incident had occurred.

Mogoaneng claimed that the poisoning and crushed bottles found in food were a result of the ongoing tender war between food suppliers.

The latest incident is the third one reported in Limpopo in as many months.

According to the Sowetan pieces of glass and stones were found in food served to two other schools.

The newspaper reported that one incident happened a fortnight ago, while the other on 25 September.

In both incidents pupils had to be hospitalised after digesting food with glass and stones in it.

In October a confidential report by the Limpopo department of education has revealed that beans meant for the national schools nutrition programme were found to have contained pieces of glass and stones.

The department launched an investigation after pupils in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, were hospitalised after consuming food from the programme last month.

On 25 September, two pupils found pieces of glass and small stones in the beans they were eating.

"The school reported the matter to the department of health, who took 238 pupils to Jane Furse and St Rita's hospitals for medical check-ups," the report said.

It found that every bag of beans opened in different schools contained small stones and pieces of glass.

The report advised schools not to cook the beans.

The multi-million feeding scheme funded by government distributes beans and fish to schools in impoverished areas.

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