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Dead earthworm found in mid-day meal at Odisha school

The distribution of the mid-day meal was cancelled for a day inan Odisha school after a dead earthworm was allegedly found in a curry. The worm was detected in the soya curry on Friday during a routine inspection by school staff at the government primary school at Regedi in Ganjam district, before it was served to the children.

The meal was immediately cancelled and students were given biscuits instead of the cooked meal, said local administrative official Subhransu Mishra.

Nandi Foundation, a Chennai-based NGO which supplies mid-day meals in a large number of schools in the district, has been asked to submit an explanation, he added.

“We have also submitted a report to the authorities about the incident and appropriate steps will be taken after we get a response from the NGO,” Mishra said.

Odisha provides mid-day meals to over five million school children between the age group of six to 12 and supplementary nutrition to about two million pre-school children of ages up to six years and below.

The state government claimed it has made the schemes fool-proof by taking several measures in recent years while activists alleged irregularities are rampant in the implementation and more needs to be done.

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