The Banteay Meanchey provincial health department yesterday said nearly 40 students at the O’Ambel Primary School in Serey Sophorn city fell sick during a roadshow held by Angkormilk.
Che Pichet, deputy director of the health department, said the incident happened on Friday as dairy company Angkormilk held a roadshow at the school and distributed milk to small children.
Mr Pichet said 33 students experienced headaches, vomiting and stomachaches, causing a panic and trips to state and private hospitals.
“The condition of those young children is currently better. They returned home on Friday and Saturday,” he said. “We are doing more research on what caused the poisoning. We took samples of the milk for testing at the national laboratory, but the result is still unknown.”
Chhim Vuthy, chief of O’Ambel commune police, yesterday said Angkormilk asked the provincial education department to distribute milk to 400 students.
“The company asked for permission to advertise and distribute milk to students in six schools,” Mr Vuthy said. “They previously did this three times at other schools without any problems.”
Representatives of Angkormilk could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Iv Daravuth, director of the Serey Sophorn city referral hospital, was quoted by the National Police saying that the students could have experienced food poisoning or became sick after drinking the company’s milk.
Mr Daravuth said his hospital was waiting for laboratory test results to be finalised, noting that the company’s milk products were not past their expiration dates.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Health also issued a press release again instructing all people to be careful of food poisoning and wind poisoning during this hot weather, as the problem still continue to happen in the communities of some provinces.
According to the Health Ministry, people should avoid consuming expired food products, drink clean water and cook food well before eating.
It noted that last year, 19 food poisoning cases affected 852 people, including 13 who died.
“For the first three months of this year, six poisoning cases resulted in 246 people being affected, including two who died,” the Health Ministry said.
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