Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have ordered school principals, cooks and health workers to taste all school meals before they are served to prevent food poisoning, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The city's Department of Education and Training also instructed them to record what they think about the tastes and smells of food. Any dish that seems unsafe must not be served, the instruction says.
Schools are also instructed to serve meals within two hours after cooking.
For meals that are prepared at school instead of being supplied by catering services, both materials and cooked food must be checked for quality.
In one of the latest food poisoning cases in the city, nearly 100 students with an elementary school in District 9 were hospitalized with stomachaches and nausea after a lunch at school on April 18. They all recovered and were discharged later.
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