Pesticide-contaminated food sickens 89 children, 5 adults in PERUVIAN hamlet; 3 children die
Posted: September 21st, 2011 - 11:00pm
Source: The Washington Post
LIMA, Peru -- Peru’s Health Ministry says food donated for a nutrition program became contaminated with pesticide in an Andean hamlet and poisoned 89 children and five adults. Three children have died.
The ministry says the National Food Assistance Program distributed the food at a school in Redondo. The hamlet is 310 miles (500 kilometers) northwest of Lima.
Officials say the food was accidentally contaminated while it was being prepared Tuesday.
Police Capt. Aurelio Huaman said Wednesday that prosecutors are investigating what happened.