Insects have been discovered in mid-day meals for school-children in Delhi. Such cases of finding frogs, lizards, rats and more in mid-day meals have become quite a common scenario.
IN A shocking incident, insects were found in mid-day meals prepared for school-children in Delhi. Such cases of frogs, lizards, rats and more such intruders being found in mid-day meals has become quite a common scenario. It is to be noted that Mid-day Meal Scheme is funded by government and is world’s largest school-lunch programme with about 12 crore school-children being served.
There have been many incidents of kids falling ill after taking freshly cooked mid-day meal in schools. Only packaged food (if not biscuits) within the expiry-date, as mentioned on packs, should be served in schools to ensure hygiene and avoid such disastrous incidents. There are frequent reports of sub-standard raw material being used and rice and pulses with lot of foreign ingredients being used to cook mid-day meal in schools. Serving packed food will also take care of peculiar food-habits of some children like avoiding onion and garlic. It may be recalled that 30 parliamentarians had recommended packaged biscuits procured from reputed companies referred by Mumbai-based Biscuits Manufacturers Welfare Association (BMWA) to replace cooked food in Mid-Day meal scheme for school children. Government can further save money by inspiring big manufacturers of packaged food to partially or fully sponsor the programme by getting publicity of their trade-name in return.