As we reported yesterday initially a dozen children from various schools were hospitalised with food poisoning. All those that had become ill attend schools where the school meals are supplied by the same caterer. Salmonella was the suspected culprit. This has since been confirmed.
In the meantime the number of children that have become ill has risen to 64. They all attend schools in East and West Flanders.
The Federal Food Standards Agency has closed down the catering company that made the lasagne temporarily as a precautionary measure. New samples will be taken from the company and analysed at the FAVV lab.
"The FAVV is doing all it can to find the exact cause of the food poisoning. We will give information as this develop”, the agency said in a statement.
An initial inspection on Thursday found no link between the sick children and the caterer.
The FAVV’s helpline is available for any questions you might have about food safety issues. It can be contacted free of charge on 0800/13550.