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Mangalore: Worm found in mid-day meal supplied by Iskcon


Mangalore: Worm found in mid-day meal supplied by Iskcon

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Nov 30: A worm was found in the mid-day meal provided at a government school near Dr Ambedkar Circle here on Friday November 29.

The meals for the school are prepared and supplied by Iskcon under Akshaya Patra scheme.

The worm was found in a plate of rice.

On Friday, meals were supplied to government girls' high school by Iskcon as usual. A girl spotted a worm in her plate of rice and brought it to the notice of a teacher.

The teacher who responded to the situation said that worm was found in mid-day meal at the school even on an earlier occasion. "We have informed Iskcon about this. The worm might have been in the rice," said the teacher.

Iskcon officials who arrived at the school assured that measures will be taken to ensure better hygiene and cleanliness. As the worm was big, they surmised that it was among the vegetables.

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  • karthik, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 2 2013

    Thats no big issue. We even find cockroaches in a 5 star hotel.
    The government is doing such schemes just to push those people who are finding it hard for a single meal .some people even find it hard to earn for a single meal. Its just like saying if you want meal u join a school.just to educate those people who still do not know anything about education.
    Like the labors from Bijapur working everywhere in Mangalore have you seen those kids ??
    We like to say our kids if u eat I will give you a ice cream or a chocolate.
    Its just some ugly people trying to make politics of it.
    Yes the food should be clean and hygiene thats true and it should not be stopped under any circumstances.
    At least those people would join school just for food.
    but it should be properly scanned and investigated its the right of every citizen to see that good food is given to these people but not stopping iot by giving useless comments

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  • JP, DUBAI

    Mon, Dec 2 2013

    why govt is spoiling the children's life? give them free education instead of free food.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Dec 1 2013



    Sometimes, small worms are found in rice but the type of worm (size) shown in the picture may be found only in Cabbage or cauliflower etc. Possible that someone had a foul play in this incident.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kuwait

    Sun, Dec 1 2013

    Worms and reptiles are more nutritious compared to fish. They contain more proteins, good for growth and energy.

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  • Shankar, mangalore

    Sun, Dec 1 2013

    ISKON blamers, please understand that only the rice is provided by the govt. ISKON. All the other works including cooking and distribution are voluntarily done by ISKON without any charges attached. Govt. is saving a lot from this!

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  • J.F.D'SOUZA, ATTAVAR,MANGALORE

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Why should one go to China to eat worms, snakes, and other reptiles. We can relish this here also.

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  • John, Belman/UAE

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    No problem at all. ISKCON is doing a v good job. Rice worms are everywhere.. just people dont know.

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  • wormsinstool, mang

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    AHA! Now i know how i get worms, that's why i take worm medicine every 3 months.

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  • Felix Monteiro, Mangalore//Daubai

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    I am bought up in village area & we have rice fields , as per my knowledge this kind of worms are common in old boiled raw rice(in our Tulu language we say ‘’URPEL- ARI” some time we cannot make out ,its looks like rice only!!! even many times I have found in my plate when I was eating at home!!
    I agree with Dixit’s comment , it is very difficult to clean & cook 2.5 TON of rice Everyday!!! Please don’t make it a big issue.

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Truthfully, I even sometime think is it all what really worth to go as main news? but anyway, that's the reality today is it nt?

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  • Prashanth, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    What people are expecting in Re.1 rice? They want an elephant.... for Re.1 you can get worm only....!!!!!!

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Please appreciate the fact that the ISKCON officials came immediately and did not argue or defend themselves but assured of measures. This worm must have been in the vegetable and they should ensure in future that the vegetables are cleaned properly. What is disturbing is that the teacher who claimed that a worm was found even earlier, did not inform ISKCON. Had they informed earlier, may be this incident could have been avoided.

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  • jr,

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    IF THE WORM FOUND IN RICE SUCH INSTANCES CAN BE AVOIDED BY CLEANING BEFORE USE WITH ONE OR TWO EXTRA STAFF BUT TO BE PRECISE SUCH RICE SEEMS TO BE GOOD QUALITY AND WON'T GET SPOILED EVENIF A LITTLE MORE BOILED BECAUSE IT IS NOT NEW. NEW RICE ALWAYS SERVED HALF BOILED AND NOT GOOD FOR CHILDREN.
    FOR A PETTY ISSUE LIKE THIS NOT NECESSARILY TOO MUCH OF COMMENTS TO DEMORALISE THE ISKON SPIRIT AS WE KNOW HOW OUR GOVT./POLITICIANS TAKE UNDUE BENEFIT OUT OF SCHEMES
    IN THE NAME OF POOR PEOPLE.

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  • Jesse, mangalore /Ireland

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    I hAve a Chinese friend here. While I was reading this passage his mouth was watering. And he told me if in china there is worm in any dish there is stampede to buy this type of wormy food. We love worms he added.

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Parcel it to Mr. Siddu the CM.....

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  • Derek, Balmatta

    Sun, Dec 1 2013

    if it is "OLD RICE' as claimed, then it should be mailed to Yeddy or Shettar!!!

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    While looking the food we can make out so rich nutrition food provided by ISKCON from so many years.

    Really a great job..should be appreciated. Other's only good to hang between FEKU explanation...

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  • Rudolf, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    I personally think this is just a small incident and can even happen in up market top grade hotels too and too much of fuss is made of it just because the meals are free!!

    One should practically think that when such huge quantity of the meals are made despite taking maximum precautions a foreign object like a worm, fly, etc. can accidentally fall!!

    I wonder how many worms people eating outside might be consuming unknowingly especially those found in vegetables like cauliflower, okras, leafy vegetables, etc. Do the vendors even bother to clean the cauliflower and ensure that it is dewormed fully, but Gobi Manchurian is devoured like hell on roadside eateries by the well off!!

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  • DINESH SHETTY, PADUBIDRI/DUBAI

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Therefore Gobi Manchurian prepared
    On road side eatery is very tasty.

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  • simple, Bangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Do not make a big deal about this.
    It is just a rice worm. These things should not be publicised so much as if some extra terrestrial...
    This will unnecessarily make the consumers squeamish.
    Better that we just cook rice and do not cut it.
    Vegetable is cut and the worms along with that hence no trace and no picture of those in the food.
    But in green salad served in hotels\eateries you may find one or two surfing the vegetable cuttings.
    I understand these maggots are full of protein. So no need to feel squeamish.

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  • vinaya, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Sometimes when the food after cooking kept open to get it cool.
    May be there are chances something must have fell from above or some insects must have entered.We cannot just blame Iskon for their negligence. A mistake does happen and moreover our environment is not clean, especially during monsoon seasons all sorts of insects enter in.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    FEKU explanation...

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Instead of providing WARM RICE they provide WORM RICE?

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  • Avinash, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Bhai tu apna dekhle.. expert opinion mat de..:P jake POGO dekh.:D

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  • PEDDU, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    ISKCON IF YOU CAN'T DELIVERY THE QUALITY OF SERVICE IN THE NAME OF GOD THEN PLEASE GIVE ME AND LET SOME ONE DO IT FOR YOU !!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Hare Rama, Hare Krishna....

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Iskon: If you can eat dead chicken and fish,then why not... WORM ?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    If you eat all these 'dead' you may survive...but eating anything 'live'..
    Well! we people I think are not accustomed....

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  • Af, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Normally a worm in rice means that rice has no chemicals, or preservatives added, During the olden days the red rice is found rice worms in it, and the reason is that time there were no preservatives were available ,
    ISKON staff must ensure cleaning and washing of rice properly before cooking or else these kind of negligence will occur in future too.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    'Worms' are less dangerous than artificial fertilizers, chemical pesticides and insecticides. Artificial Fertilizers harm oneself in long way and difficult to detect. Earlier entire Indian agriculture was based on the nature’s best fertilizer – Cow dung and one of the nature’s best pesticide. Cow’s urine along with the neem based solutions were used extensively in the agriculture. 80% crops which grows world-wide is depend upon human waste using chemicals. ISKCON is doing a great job by providing midday meal which won't see any part of the world. It's only happening in India..pilgrims who visit temples are provided with a prasadam - meal in daytime as well as at night. Most of the temples are situated near river/sea reason behind to dip before to stand in front of the 'God'. That's the pureness one's needed to attain the blessing of God.

    Jyot Se Jyot Jalate Chalo
    Prem Ki Ganga Bahate Chalo
    Raah Mein Aaye Jo Deen Dukhi
    Sab Ko Gale Se Lagate Chalo...

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  • Chung ling bong, china

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    In my opinion even noodles look like boiled worms...

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Clung Lung Ding and all are bound to agree....

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Chung ling bong, china..

    Even 'Noodles' is a product of India..called 'Semiya'..which packed by western countries in a good way.

    Hamburger is equivalent to roadside 'Vadapau'..

    Our Uttappa is now turned to 'Pizza' which youngsters are fondly try to grab...

    Meduvada turned to Donuts...

    Even donkeys which famous in Chinese hotel also imported from India..Jai Ho..

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Bollu Sir
    And 'Popcorn' first was discovered
    by a gentleman Popappa Kornikaa near Panemangalore
    in our District...That's how it got it's name initially...POPKorn..
    How could you forget this?

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Disagree Haakuvarathe Haakuvarathe
    EEreg Yenchina Gothunde?
    'Popappe' Ijje...
    PopKorn Daa Amme...!
    Avu'Discover'Aaanagaa
    Nikulu 'Putudijaar'Aathe..
    Kulule Pokkade....

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  • Bryan , Bahrain

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    @Bollu, Mangalore- menu,All the above dishes Order early! These go fast! Let me tell in chinese...Cum Too Soon. Because they are Yung Poon Tang....Daily Fresh.

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  • For Justice, Abu Dhabi / Ubar

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    New item in the menu 'worm rice'

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    ISKCON-
    1.First 'Rat in Sambar'
    2.Now ' Worm in Rice'
    3.Later 'Lizard in Curd'
    4. Further 'Cock in Chutney...I mean Cockroach in Chutney'....
    Somebody out there wants the Contract snatched from ISKCON..Simple!Therefore this 'Cat and Rat' game...!

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    This is the mystery behind Siddu's Anna Dasoha and 1 Rs rice.

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  • A Hindu, Mangalore/ saudi arabia

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    May be Iskon is introducing protein as children require it them keep strong.

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  • fazil, dxb

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    weekly once non-veg food.
    chaltha hai attitude

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  • Amin Bhoja, Patte / Riyadh

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Veg with non-veg!!! A bit confusing!!!.Always go for the fresh stocks rather than old or very old stocks and improve the storage systems. Hope you will not find like these problems mostly.But remember China they think it is a useful protein to the human body.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    The 'Worm' of this age too knows where it will get 'phookat publicity'.....
    Carry on Worm....

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  • CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/BOMBAY

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    THESE WORMS ARE COMMON IN RICE..SPECIALLY IN RATIONS RICE..WHEN WE CLEAN THE RICE WE WILL FIND IT..SO DON'T MAKE IT BIG ISSUE..IT HAPPENS..

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  • Bryan, Bahrain

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    @Ramesh S, mangalore, If worms are so Mouth-watering to you, send me your address. My advices to you sit along with the Principal, teachers, cook and other school staff eat the same meals they're providing to kids. And see how you feel.

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  • balanna, Dubai / Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Sometimes I find worms in my plate even at home. Whom I should complain. This happens with Star hotels also. However care should be taken.

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  • peter, mlr

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    If it's difficult to give clean/hygienic food then better iscon stops this mega income generating business.

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  • G.Z.T. Kunte., Udupi

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    ISKCON is a Religious organization set up with the sole Purpose of spreading devotion of God, and not for doing profitable catering business. Even earlier food supplied by ISKCON to the schools had worms. So, the midday meal contract should be given to small Self-Help-groups instead giving to financially very strong ISKCON .

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Let the issue remain as small as the worm and not make it a communal issue!

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    what a big fuss??..Its not Rat or Cat..you can find worms in Rice, Dals, vegetables which you buy from the grocery, its common..moreover ISCON is cooking in large quantity it will be very difficult to clean these very tiny items..let us ignore these negligible issues & appreciate the noble cause..

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  • alwyn, Canada

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Serious issue. Kids can die eating such food. What kind of irresponsible food suppliers.

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  • jr,

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    SUCH WORMS NORMALLY FOUND IN WINTER SEASON ESPECIALLY IN CAULIFLOWER ITEMS WHICH CAN BE SEEN IN HOMELY PREPARATIONS OF SMALL QUANTITIES AND I BEING A VEGETARIAN HAPPEN TO HAVE A FULL DEAD COKCROACH IN HOTEL FOOD.
    SUCH THINGS OCCASSIONALLY HAPPEN AND NOT A MATTER WHO EAT NON VEG BUT DUE CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN POISONUS ITEMS NOT FELL AND HARM HEALTH OF THE CHILDREN. TO THE POSSIBLE EXTENT SUCH VEGETABLES COULD BE AVOIDED.

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  • dixit, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Even at home we used to get these kind of creatures in the plates! Washing 1 or 2 kg rice at home cannot ensure that its 100% clean preparations. In ISKCON run Akshaya patra program they usually cook 2.5 TON of rice EVERYDAY, so you may find some glitches. You name any product, any scheme / any discovery / any damn thing in this word which is free from defects. Rather we should feel indebted to the food provided by the group.The major beneficiaries(the Poor Students) cannot even voice in their stand in this media owing to their poverty. You and I can only COMMENT on this page rather it takes GUTS to serve the Students like what the ISKCON MONKS are doing !! Hats off to them !!

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  • avinash, NITK

    Sat, Nov 30 2013

    Common guys... recently i found an ugly looking insect in my canteen food in the veg mess, i being strict veggie was so disgusted that i didnt eat for some days at my mess. i told my mum n she said "In a family of three, we have so many problems in refraining from these creatures but ur mess is cooking for 600-700 guys, so it may be common. dont worry abt those things" She also taught me that though we throw money for the meals still we cant expect quality. I had visited the Akshaya patra unit in Mangalore and Bangalore as a part of my project and i have seen the cleanliness and hygiene. there was an article in TOI recently, that it is comparable to the ICU / Operation theater of a hospital!

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