Bengaluru, June 18: The food packets distributed at Anganwadis by the Karnataka government were found to have worms and insects in them. Moreover, most of the food packets had crossed the 'best before' dates. The state government runs Anganwadis for children under 5 years of age where free food is distributed. Parents complained of children getting sick after consuming food at Anganwadi centres.
A team of a news channel visited as many as eight Anganwadis in Bengaluru city and was shocked to find worms and insects in food packets there. When asked about infested food, the Anganwadi workers said they are helpless because such food comes from godowns and they have no authority to change the supplier. In the video, worms, insects and ants can be seen inside food packets at Anganwadis. ‘Bundles’ of Live Wriggly Worms Found in Constipated 4-Year-Old’s Intestines in West Africa.
"We just oversee when the children are fed, they prepare the food, we come from work during the day and oversee lunch," Gayatri, a teacher, told the news channel. A parent, Suchitra, recalled how his kid fell sick after consuming food at the Anganwadi. "After my child ate food once, the child was hospitalised for three days. The child had fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. There were too many worms," she was quoted as saying. Bengaluru Teacher Sacked for Equating BS Yeddyurappa, HD Kumaraswamy With Earthworms.
Worms, insects found in food at Bengaluru Anganwadis:
Following the expose, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vivek Reddy said Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Food Supply minister must take the responsibility for lapses. "We cannot accept this," Reddy said.