Six kindergarten children were only given a single apple and an egg a day to share at a private school run by a Hong Kong woman in Zhuhai, Guangdong, before angry former teachers finally called police, authorities said. Other children at the facility survived on plain noodles, or shared one sausage between four. Zhuhai Public Security Bureau spokesman Yan Changwei said police detained Mok Bo-chu, 50, who ran the Zhuhai Creative Arts Kindergarten last Thursday. The Hongkonger is suspected of embezzling children's food expenses, insurance premiums and nursing fees 'for a long period of time'. Mainland media last week reported the kindergarten spent less than 1 yuan (HK$1.19) on food for each child, although parents paid 210 yuan in food expenses every month. Angry parents accused the kindergarten of embezzling a total of more than 50,000 yuan each month, or 600,000 yuan a year. On May 3, some 50 angry parents burst into the kindergarten's kitchen. They found children were only given plain rice noodles without meat or flavouring. 'Now I know why my child always tells me he's hungry after he comes home,' an angry father told Xinhua. A former accountant of the facility, Huang Meimei, said the kindergarten spent only 8,040 yuan on food expenses for more than 300 students and staff last November, yet presented parents with a fraudulent bill for 56,866 yuan. Wu Qingxiu, a former chef at the kindergarten, said he was ordered to give a single egg to four children, an apple to six children, and a sausage to another four children. 'I was allowed to use only a small bottle of oil in four days, cooking for about 1,200 people,' he said. Parents also complained that the kindergarten had charged them 30 yuan a month for air-conditioning fees, but only provided electric fans. Only nine teachers and childcare workers are now looking after 270 children at the Zhuhai Creative Arts Kindergarten, after 18 have resigned. Teachers said they were paid between 800 and 1,500 yuan a month for 12-hour work days, six days a week. Bian Yufeng, deputy secretary general of Zhuhai's Communist People's Congress, told Xinhua that many other private kindergartens in the area engaged in similar malfeasance offences. They took advantage of loopholes in child welfare regulations, he said.