Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 19:53 pm (KSA) 16:53 pm (GMT)

Jordan school children poisoned by govt milk

80 out of 104 children have been discharged from hospital (File)
80 out of 104 children have been discharged from hospital (File)

More than 100 Jordanian schoolchildren have been treated for food poisoning after drinking government-distributed milk at several elementary schools, an official said on Sunday.

"Eighty out 104 school children were discharged from hospitals today (Sunday) after receiving medical treatment," health official Ahmad Hwarat told the state-run Petra news agency.

"They were hit by food poisoning after drinking milk distributed by the education ministry under its school nutrition programme," said Hwarat, head of the Deir Alla area health department in the Jordan Valley, where the outbreak occurred.

"The remaining children are still under close monitoring although their conditions are stable."

Education Minister Teyssir Neimeh said the government decided to withdraw all milk produced in November from schools and that investigations were under way.

The outbreak was the third in Jordan in less than a year.

In October, more than 300 people were hit by food poisoning after eating hummus -- ground chickpeas -- from a restaurant in Jerash, south of the capital.

And in August, 176 people were treated for salmonella poisoning after eating tainted sandwiches from a restaurant in the Baqaa Palestinian refugee camp northwest of Amman.

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