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28 July 2011

50 children rushed to hospital with 'food poisoning'

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Fifty schoolchildren were taken to hospital for suspected food poising on Thursday, Western Cape health officials said.

The pupils from Silukhanyo Primary in Strand became ill after they ate a sugary snack at about mid-morning.

EMS spokesperson Keri Davids said, "They have been transported to Helderberg Hospital and Ikhwezi community health clinic. Apparently the kids are complaining of abdominal pain and they are throwing up."

The provincial Education Department said it is awaiting a report.

The department's Bronagh Casey said, “Our officials are busy investigating the incident. It’s reported that the sale of some chocolate sweets is the cause of the sickness.”

- EWN