Children at a government school in Faridabad found a baby snake in the mid-day meal that was served to them on 10 May.
The baby snake, or snakelet, was spotted by a student just before she and some others were to start eating at the Government Girls Middle School.
ANI reported that some students had already started eating when the girl who had spotted the snakelet raised an alarm, prompting them to spit out the food in their mouth.
According to a report in the Indian Express, two teachers and six students had to be hospitalised because they felt unwell after the episode.
The students said that the food served to them often smelt stale but the discovery of the reptile completely terrified them.
The district administration collected a sample of the food for testing and has launched a probe into the incident.
The food for mid-day meals in Faridabad comes from the ISKCON Foundation. The vice chairman of ISKCON Food and Relief North India told the Hindustan Times that their food is cooked at 120 degrees temperature and hence it is impossible for insects to even enter their kitchens. He added that sometimes schools keep the food outdoors under trees and insects fall into them.
In February 2017, students in a school run by the Delhi government fell ill after eating food that had a dead rat in it. In August 2016, students in Chhattisgarh fell sick after eating a mid-day meal. And, in June 2016, 194 students in Jharkhand fell sick after eating their mid-day meal.
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