30 fall ill at science fair after suspected food poisoning

Authorities said 28 adults and 2 children were taken to the hospital; they are all expected to recover


Associated Press

LAKE CITY, Fla. — Authorities say more than two dozen kids attending a science competition in north Florida fell ill and were taken to the hospital after eating a catered lunch.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said on its Facebook page that 28 children and 2 adults were taken on Saturday to hospitals due to suspected food poisoning.

Authorities say people fell ill at Florida Gateway College in Lake City at a middle school Science Olympiad was being held.

The Florida Department of Health is investigating.

Mark Lander of the health department told reporters that the affected people should recover quickly.

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