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Parents accuse primary school in China of serving pig swill for pupils’ lunches

Health inspectors take samples from canteen following reports of meals being prepared with rotten or expired ingredients fit only to feed livestock

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 3:17pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 October, 2016, 3:17pm

A primary school in east China has been accused of serving food intended to feed pigs to its pupils for lunch, a local newspaper reported.

Hundreds of parents on Monday protested outside at the school in Yantai, Shandong province, demanding answers from the school management, according to the Qilu Evening Post.

The parents accused the school of providing meals to the children that have been prepared with rotten fruit and vegetables and other leftover or expired food that had been deemed fit only for pig feed.

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In a statement released later in the day, the school insisted that the food they provided was fresh, and that instances such as rotten tomatoes were “isolated cases”.

The parents were not convinced by the school’s explanation.

Local authorities have established a task force to investigate the case.

Inspectors went to the school on Monday evening to collected food samples from canteen for testing, which will take about a week.