DepEd probes suspected food poisoning due to contaminated milk in Negros Oriental

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 21) — The Department of Education (DepEd) is currently investigating a case of food poisoning possibly caused by consumption of contaminated milk after grade school students in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental experienced mild illnesses and were treated in nearby hospitals.

"Based on the field report, majority of the affected learners experienced mild illnesses, including dehydration and nausea," DepEd said in a statement on Saturday. "They were treated in nearby hospitals and were discharged later on."

The alleged contaminated milk is said to have been distributed under a feeding program.

Coordination with the local government, the National Dairy Authority, and concerned agencies for the investigation of the incident and analysis of milk samples had already been initiated, DepEd noted.

"We will likewise look into possible actions against those responsible entities or individuals," it stated.

The department added it will continue monitoring the learners' health status and assisting them and their families. It also assured that measures will be established to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.