Mumbai: IIMUN seeks action against food supplier after 400 students fall ill

Apr 16, 2016, 08:30 IST | Pallavi Smart

A day after 300-400 students were hospitalised following lunch at four venues, Indian International Model United Nations conference sees a drastic drop in attendance

A day after the mass food poisoning fiasco, the Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) recorded fewer footfalls on the concluding day of its conference on Friday.

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Rishabh Shah, founder-president of IIMUN, said the number of participants dropped by 75% as compared with the attendees on Thursday at Whistling Woods, KC College and Lala Lajpatrai College, and by 50% at Thadomal Sahani College of Engineering.

Shah claimed that some 3,000 participating students and teachers signed a petition on Friday, seeking action by the state government against Box8, whose food supplied across all four venues of the conference on Thursday allegedly caused food poisoning among 300-400 attendees.

The organizers have also filed a complaint with the Khar police against Box8.

All children safe
“The FIR has been filed against food service provider Box8 under sections 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 273 (sale of noxious food or drink) of the IPC. All children affected by food poisoning have recuperated and have been discharged from hospitals,” said Mohan Dahikar, deputy commissioner of police.

Box8 says
After keeping mum on the day of the alleged fiasco, Boxs8’s PR agency issued a statement on Friday. “We are deeply concerned about the news report of illness caused to some students… Box8 maintains a rigorous quality process throughout preparation of food and delivery system, including the tasting of the food before serving, which, too, was followed without any adverse result. The matter is being enquired by the authorities and we have been fully cooperating [with them] to identify the cause. Once the cause is identified, Box8 will spare no effort to deal with the same,” said the food service provider.

Pizza for lunch
Pizza was on the menu at all venues on Friday — food was ordered for the participants from a popular pizza joint. Rishabh Shah, founder-president of IIMUN, said the contract with Box8 was for day 2 as well. “But it did not bother to send food; not that we were waiting for it. We had made alternative arrangements out of our own pockets. Box8 hasn’t yet reached out to us to help students who were hospitalized after consuming its food.”

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