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Food poisoned with pesticide in Bihar, India: new disaster, same story
  1. Alvaro Javier Idrovo1,2
  1. 1Cardiovascular Foundation of Colombia, Floridablanca, Santander, Colombia
  2. 2Public Health Department, School of Medicine, Industrial University of Santander, Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alvaro Javier Idrovo, Cardiovascular Foundation of Colombia, Calle 155A No. 23-58, Floridablanca, Santander 680001, Colombia

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This past July 17, a new outbreak of pesticide food poisoning occurred in India. According to news reports, 23 children died and more than 48 required medical treatment. The poisoning occurred from the consumption of a free lunch of rice, soybeans and lentils cooked with oil contaminated with monocrotophos, an organophosphate pesticide. The oil had been stored in a pesticide container and sold to the school. Indignation over the poisoning triggered violent protests and complaints about many problems related to the government's …

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