KRASNOYARSK, March 3 – RIA Novosti. A probable source of the spread of the infection that caused the mass poisoning of schoolchildren in Krasnoyarsk is the vegetable processing and packaging shop, where numerous violations were found, according to the IC department for the Krasnoyarsk Territory and Khakassia.
In Krasnoyarsk, 91 cases of yersiniosis were registered among students in 25 schools. Children were poisoned by vegetable salads in canteens. Two criminal cases were initiated. First Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Dmitry Glushko said that due to the poisoning he would ask the regional ministry for clarification about the reasons, the contractor and the measures taken. The head of the city, Sergei Eremin, announced the dismissal of two responsible for food at the school. Glushko discussed the situation with the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova, according to the supervisory authority, the local agricultural enterprise, which produces and supplies vegetables for processing, is to blame.
“Currently, within the framework of the investigation of the criminal case, it has been established that the source of the spread of the causative agent of the infection may be one of the workshops of a company engaged in the primary processing and packaging of vegetables for school canteens,” the investigation says.
It is noted that warehouses were inspected, samples were examined. “… Numerous violations of the rules for storing products, the lack of production control over the sanitary and technical condition of the premises of the enterprise, the lack of laboratory research and testing of manufactured and sold vegetable products have been established. These violations eventually led to the emergence of an infectious agent and its toxins in the products,” says in the message.
Earlier, the regional prosecutor's office made a submission to the main education department of the Krasnoyarsk administration, which exercises the powers of the founder of educational organizations. The investigation of the criminal case, as well as the consideration of acts of the prosecutor's response, is placed under the personal control of the regional prosecutor.