Fresh kiwi blamed for physical reactions at 14 Rhode Island schools

Fresh kiwi blamed for physical reactions at 14 Rhode Island schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island well being officers are investigating after college students at 14 faculties had bodily reactions after consuming kiwi fruit.

The state’s Division of Well being says roughly 34 college students in cities together with Windfall and Woonsocket suffered itching of the lips and mouth, hives and tongue swelling on Friday instantly after consuming contemporary kiwi.

All the fruit was lower and bagged by the identical distributor in West Greenwich. Officers say contemporary fruit from the seller is being discarded, and its distribution of kiwi has been suspended.

Rhode Island well being officers are additionally working with their counterparts in Massachusetts, the place some fruit was distributed.

Well being officers say they don’t know what brought on the response. Some college students had been handled at emergency departments whereas others had been handled at their faculties. All have since improved.