Food poisoning hits some 3,500 in Japan's Yashio city schools

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Almost 3,500 teachers and students at more than a dozen public schools in Japan's Yashio city have become sick with diarrhea and stomach pains in a mass food poisoning outbreak.

Saitama prefecture said on Thursday that 3,453 people in 15 elementary and middle schools in , a city of 92,000 just north of Tokyo, had been affected after eating a lunch supplied by the TQC cooperative on June 26.

Out of a total of nearly 7,000 people examined, more than 2,000 elementary school students and over 1,100 middle school students were shown to have , the prefecture said, adding it was investigating the origins of the outbreak.

The lunch included fried chicken, a tuna/potato dish and seaweed salad, as well as rice and miso soup, it said.

Nobody at TQC answered an after hours phone call made by Reuters seeking a comment.

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