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In picture: Food served in trains by Indian railways. [Representational image] | Picture credit: Twitter/RailMinIndia

At least 20 passengers aboard the Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express reportedly fell sick on Sunday, April 7 after consuming what was said to be bad train food.

This is hardly the first time such an incident has occurred on trains operated by Indian Railways.

Just last year, 40 people reportedly fell sick after consuming breakfast served on the Puri-Howrah Shatabdi Express.

Sunday’s incident

According to PTI, first reports of 20 people falling sick from bad railway food being served to them emerged near Gomoh station.

A doctor attended the sick passengers there, the PTI report quoted a railway spokesperson as saying.

The spokesperson added: “At Tatanagar also doctors will attend. All passengers are well. No one is detrained. Pantry car is also being checked and food samples are collected to investigate the quality of food.”

Meanwhile, people aboard the train took to Twitter to appeal to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to take appropriate action. One person claimed that people in three compartments had fallen sick from the bad food.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) — the Indian Railways subsidiary that, among other things, looks into the serving of food in trains — is said to have collected samples of the food served for testing.

Bad train food to blame?

Food served in trains has often come under scrutiny, like when foreign objects — including insects — were found in it.

Indian Railways has since then tried to tighten its quality-control procedures. For example, it has been monitoring the manner in which kitchens function under it.

The other problem seems to be the vendors to whom IRCTC awards contracts for serving food in trains. Many of them seem to be overcharging for their food. Watch this space for more reporting on this topic.

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