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Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperative Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalya today ordered the Milk Board to investigate following pasteurised milk delivered to a school in Nan province was rotten and students were hospitalised after drinking it.
He instructed the board to find out the cause after it was reported that only the lot delivered to a school in Nan was rotten while other lots delivered to several provinces were not, although they were from same manufactured lots.
Gen Chatchai said the Milk Board, the veterinarian and the Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation of Thailand (DPO) must go out on field inspection to see what the cause was, how the milk was stored, and transported so as to prevent this from happening again in the future.
He said if the same incident happens in the future, then there must be the right person to take responsibility.
DPO deputy director Suchart Jariyalertsak, a member of the Milk Board, said initial investigation revealed only nine cartons of milk sent to the school in Nan had problem.
Improper storing and handling of the milk was a cause for the rotten milk.
He said during the school holiday period, children will get the milk delivered to their homes.
He said there are seven million students under the free milk scheme for drinking with the supply of 140 UHT million cartons.