350 pupils rushed to hospital due to suspected food poisoning

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — At least 350 elementary school students in Calamba were rushed to different hospitals on Friday (July 24) in the city after showing symptoms of possible food poisoning.

City Health Office chief, Dr. Dennis Labro, said the students of Real Elementary School felt dizzy and vomited after eating cupcakes and ice candy given to them during a story telling program.

Of the total number of students, 179 were brought and treated at the Calamba Medical Center.

As of posting time, most of them had been discharged and only three remained under observation at the hospital.

Before this, school principal Marivic Calderon related that there was a daylong activity on biodiversity and climate change for Grades I to Grade VI.

Around 11 a.m., the students were given cupcakes and ice candy for snacks. Moments later, the children vomited and complained of stomach ache.

City health officer, Dr. Adelino Labro, brought samples of the cupcakes to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the nearby town of Los Banos and to the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) in Alabang, Muntinlupa.

CNN Philippines' Yumi Lugod contributed to this report.