FDA seizes toffees from factory after tainted birthday treat

A day after 19 students from Sanketh Vidyalaya in Manpada, Thane, were hospitalised after consuming toffees distributed in class, the Thane division of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the manufacturer’s factory in Ambernath and seized sugar confectioneries worth Rs 1 lakh yesterday.

Bitter sweets: A nurse administers saline solution to one of the affected students at Titan Hospital in Thane on Wednesday. (Inset) The MiD DAY report on August 15. Pic/Sameer Markande

Two FDA teams were dispatched, one to the toffee manufacturing unit, while the other to the hospital where the students were admitted after the incident was brought to the attention of FDA officials.

Click to view: B'day toffee lands 19 students in hospital

“We have not yet received the samples consumed by the students, as they are still with the police who are investigating the matter. However, our officials have taken the required precautions by seizing the confectionaries from the manufacturing unit,” said S K Shere, Joint commissioner, FDA, Thane. FDA officials said that they waiting for the investigation reports from the police after which they will decide whether the supplier of the manufacturer is to be held responsible for the entire incident.

No more candy
School authorities, meanwhile, have put a stop to distribution of confectioneries in classrooms during birthday celebrations.

“The incident has upset us and we do not want to take any chances. Therefore, we have decided to stop sharing of sweets during birthdays,” said Ganesh Lakode, a school trustee.

Situation at hospital
16 affected students were discharged on Wednesday evening while the remaining three -- two girls and one boy -- are still undergoing medical treatment at
Titan hospital. Dr Anil Ghagare, administrator of the hospital, said, “Since the two girls were finding it difficult to breathe, we shifted them from the ward to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (P.I.C.U.) late on Wednesday evening. The boy is still receiving treatment in ward of the hospital.”  

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