KERI: Worms were found in mid-day meals supplied to 2 schools at Keri and Savoi-Verem in Ponda during inspection.
Three self-help groups provide food to these schools.
The soya chunks in the pulao given to students were found having worms. Students were immediately initiated by the school authorities to refrain from consuming the pulao.
State Education Dept has initiated inquiry in the matter. FDA has been asked to investigate the samples of the mid day meals.
Appropriate action will be initiated after receiving the reports, informed dept officials.
The Director of Education Shailesh Zingade said that after complaints were received, Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration officials were summoned to take samples.
He further added that the food samples have been collected and they are awaiting the report to further probe the situation. Till then, the supplier has been asked to halt the supply till the issue is cleared.
According to sources, action will be taken against the self-help group (SHG) supplying the midday meal, if it is found faulty.
Another officer said that the rice dish was supplied to three schools and when students tried to eat it, they found the worms in the chunks of soya.
The midday meal is distributed in several schools and is given to students from Classes I to VIII.
At around, 1.6 lakh students are benefited from the mid-day meal scheme. These students are now currently studying in 1400 aided and government schools of the coastal state.