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NEWS: Philippines: Food poisoning kills 29 children

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posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 02:17 PM
Nearly 30 elementary school children have died after eating fried cassava balls. The food attained from an outside vendor is suspected as being the cause. The vendor ate several of the balls to show there was no problem also is now in critical condition. An additional 35 children remain hospitalized and listed as critical. Cassava is root which contains amino acid-derived cyanogenic glucosides and must be thoroughly cooked to remove toxic levels.
CNN) -- Nearly 30 elementary school children in the Philippines have died after eating fried cassava balls obtained from a vendor, a local official told CNN.

Fourteen children died Wednesday before reaching hospitals and 13 died upon arrival, a spokesman for Ubay Mayor Eutiquio Bernales said.

Two more children also have died, but it was not clear when. Thirty-five more are in critical condition.

The victims suffered severe stomach pain, then vomiting and diarrhea after eating the snack during morning recess, The Associated Press reported.

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This is very tragic and no doubt the food was not cooked properly. Some children only took a bite. Its funny I have never heard of this poison before. Given the potential you have to wonder why they let the vendor sell the food without investigating the practices used to cook them.

posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 12:41 AM

SAN JOSE, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine doctors said Saturday they suspected pesticide contamination as the possible cause of food poisoning that killed dozens of children in a remote village.

Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said test results that could show the cause of death of 27 school children on the central Bohol island will be announced on Monday as government toxicologists ran more tests on food, blood and vomit samples.

"Our working diagnosis was organophosphate poisoning," Harold Gallego, the chief doctor in the Mabini town hospital told Reuters. "Most children brought here responded to atropine phosphate, an antidote for pesticide poisoning."
Manila Suspects Pesticide Poisoning Behind Deaths

posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 04:20 AM
This is tragic. All of those young children losing their lives from eating something that was approved. If it is from pesticides, someone should pay dearly for this. So many children, such a shame. It looks as if undercooking of the food was not the case. If it was, the vendor would not have been eating so many as well and also risking death.


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