99 Kids Hospitalized after Food Poisoning at Chinese Kindergarten

By Rakini Bergundy, October 18, 2019

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Last month, a food poisoning outbreak at Montai International Kindergarten in Fenggangzhen, Dongguan hospitalized 103 students, school staff and family members, according to the city’s municipal health bureau. 

Knews reported that a total of 242 kindergarteners and 12 adults were affected, with almost half hospitalized. Within 24 hours of the outbreak, 103 were sent to local hospitals, of which 99 were young children, and four were teachers or family members.

hospital-kids.jpgImage via @小米的家111/Weibo

The health bureau’s investigation concluded that the outbreak was possibly the result of the foodborne pathogen salmonella. According to Sina News, the culprit was most likely contaminated sandwiches served during lunch on Friday, September 20.

Montai Kindergarten suspended class on Monday and Tuesday the following week in order to disinfect the facilities, the health bureau stated. On Tuesday evening, September 24, the public security bureau detained three suspects who were said to be involved, according to multiple reports. No names or occupations were mentioned.

Lychee News reported that the school had issued a letter of apology and paid all the hospital bills for the affected students. The school also paid out RMB20,000 to the families of severely ill children and RMB5,000 to the families of students who were more mildly affected.

The school has already cut ties with the food supplier that served the contaminated food.

Sadly enough, these types of incidents occur rather often. In April of this year, a kindergarten teacher poisoned 23 students in retaliation to a conflict with another teacher. In 2015, students at a middle school in Guizhou were so angry over their peers’ hospitalization due to their cafeteria’s poor food quality that they tried to burn down the school.

Read More: Surveillance Cameras to be Installed in All Shenzhen Kindergartens

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