Soft drinks send 30 children to hospital

September 15th, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Sep 15 (IANS) At least 30 children were hospitalised as they fell ill after drinking branded cold drinks at a fair organised in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, police said Monday.”Condition of all the 30 children is still serious,” Police Inspector Anand Kumar Verma told IANS on phone.

Late night, the children complained of severe stomach ache and started vomiting after which they were rushed to the hospital. The incident took place Sunday night here in Oonchgaon village, where the fair is organised on a regular basis. Unnao is over 50 km from Lucknow.

The stock of cold drinks sold in the fair has been seized and sent for testing. “There can be possibility that to attract the village children, the stall owners in the fair had filled the branded cold drink bottles with soft drinks prepared in unhygienic conditions,” said Verma.

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