School meal poisons children in India

  • 17 July 2013
A family with two sick children

A lot of children at a school in India are seriously ill, and many have died, after eating a meal which was poisonous.

Officials in the Saran district say 22 children have died after eating the food.

It happened at a government school in the village of Masrakh, and the meal had been delivered there as part of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, which is a project to provide free school meals.

Early investigations suggest the food had traces of a chemical called organo-phosphorus, which is usually used as a pest control.

Nobody can say yet how it ended up in the food.

Remember this is a very rare incident and you don't need to worry, but if you are upset by the news read our guide.