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Mid-day meals in India’s government schools were envisaged to stop hunger from keeping children away from schools and to improve enrolment. Children do come to school and meals get served, but quite often, terrible accidents happen. Sometimes hygiene plays the devil, sometimes adulteration. What caused all the harm earlier this week was reportedly a can of pesticides. Investigating teams of doctors found organophosphorus compounds, mostly found in insecticides, in the meals—plates of rice, soybean and lentils. The lunch killed 27 children—all between age four and 12—at a government school in Chhapra district in Bihar, about 80km from the state capital Patna, whie more than a dozen are still hospitalized.