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ISLAMABAD: Substandard food being sold at the canteens of educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is posing serious risk to health of the students. Many students studying in FDE' run schools and colleges are suffering from throat infections and stomach problems these days due to substandard and non-branded edible items being sold without...

SAMAA | - Posted: Feb 22, 2015 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Feb 22, 2015 | Last Updated: 7 years ago

ISLAMABAD: Substandard food being sold at the canteens of educational institutions working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) is posing serious risk to health of the students.

Many students studying in FDE' run schools and colleges are suffering from throat infections and stomach problems these days due to substandard and non-branded edible items being sold without having expiry dates at canteens.

Talking to APP, Shahid Saeed, a parent said “most of the time we give money to the children to buy something for lunch due to the low gas pressure at homes”.

He said, “My children usually face stomach problem due to the unhealthy food being sold at the college canteen and they find no option except eating something from the school canteen.”

“It is a common scene at the cafeterias and canteens of schools and colleges that flies and mice are found inside their kitchens. Tables of the canteens are full of germs which contaminate forks, knives and spoons that are placed on the table,” said Imran, a college student.

Mostly burgers, samosas, chaat, soft drinks and tea are served to thousands of students at cafeterias of schools and colleges which are contaminated, he said.

Prof Tahir Mehmood, a lecturer said cafeteria staffs are careless and do not take responsibility so students get sick. There are noticeable cases of food borne illness in some of city's schools, he added.

As the food is cooked off site so no one can check and inspect the preparation of food, he said while urging the college administration to have a perfect inspection criteria of their canteens.

An official of FDE said the authorities have issued directions to management of the colleges and schools to ensure quality food at canteens.

He said the management has been directed to keep vigilance on whatever food is being sold in the canteens. -APP

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