Step by Step school mishap: Lucknow lab confirms refined oil as substandard

By Avishek Dubey
Photo: Samrat Roy
Posted: Jun 02, 2018

Almost two months after the dreadful incident where around 190 students and school staffs fell ill after having lunch within the premises of Step by Step school in Noida, the Lucknow lab on Saturday confirmed in its report that refined oil used in the foods was substandard.

The report of the samples was received by the food and drug administration of Gautam Budh Nagar.

As per the report, there was no problem with the sample of celery seeds whereas the sample of refined oil was found to be substandard.

Sanjay Sharma, the designated officer of food and drug administration told City Spidey, “The refined oil, which was used to cook food, was found to be substandard. Now, we are going to file a case against the school canteen and the school management at the ADM court within 15 days. A penalty of Rs 5 lakh is likely to be imposed on the accused.”

Students of Step by Step school had fallen victim to food poisoning after having lunch on the school premises on April 6. The students and school staffs suffered stomach ache and vomiting after having lunch.

The food department had collected samples of the celery seeds and oil used in the foods and sent them to Lucknow lab for testing.

Immediately after the incident, the school’s administration had prevented officials from inspecting the premises and held them at the gate for hours before letting them in.

That led the district administration to lodge an FIR under Sections 328 (Causing hurt by means of poison), 341(Punishment for wrongful restraint) and 332 (Voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) against the school management.

However, the school authorities later wrote to the district administration offering full cooperation in the investigation. They also extended their apologies for the mishap.

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