1 kg lethal pesticide found in rice for school lunch in Thrissur
Kaipamangalam (Thrissur): One kilogram lethal pesticide bottle was found from a sack of rice kept for preparing lunch for school students here.
A bottle of aluminium phosphide used for killing rats and other pests was found from the rice sack at St. Mary’s LP School in Mathilakam. About 600 children are studying here.
The pesticide was found when the rice sack was opened to wash the rice for preparing lunch. Following this, the rice in the sack was not used.
Food Corporation of India (FCI) and SupplyCo officials arrived at the school and inspected the stock. They said that the pesticide is used to get rid of pests and rats when grains are stocked in godowns.
One tablet of the pesticide weighs 3 grams. Upto 10-15 such tablets are used in a godown. The pesticide found in the rice was in a sealed bottle of one kg. The rice was supplied from SupplyCo Maveli Store at SN Puram.
FCI District Manager T. Bindumol and Quality Officer Jancy Philip informed that though samples of all sacks were examined before distribution, it is not practical to open all sacks for inspection. They submitted a report to the higher officials after the incident pointing out that the pesticide might have left in the sack from the rice packing centre in Andhra.
Dr. P. K. Sajeev, a scientist at KFRI, said that aluminum phosiphide is banned in many foreign countries, but it is widely used in India to get rid of rats, snails and other pests from godowns.