Food With Trace Pesticide Monocrotophos killed Childrens in Bihar India

“Fatal food” – toxic chemical in food kills 23 children in Bihar, India

9:07 AM, 24th July 2013
Toxic Chemicals In Food
Monocrotophos was found in the mid-day meal that killed 23 children and sickened 25 others in Chhapra, Bihar, India. © MSN News

BIHAR, INDIA: Traces of pesticide, monocrotophos, were found in the mid-day meal that killed 23 children and sickened 25 others in Chhapra, Bihar, India. Monocrotophos is a chemical that is banned in 46 countries and is easily available in India. This chemical is so toxic that just a dose as light as the weight of 5 grains of rice can be fatal.

According to Ravinder Kumar, Assistant Director General, forensic scientists found monocrotophos, an organophosphorus compound used as an insecticide, in the samples of oil from the container, food remains on the platter and mixture of rice with vegetables in an aluminum utensil. An administrative inquiry has pointed to negligence by the school.


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