Rhode Island

US officials: Use of cleaning solution probably caused kiwi scare

Rhode Island health officials say a cleaning solution may have contributed to the physical reactions several students across the state experienced after eating kiwi fruit. At the moment, test are being done on the levels of peracetic acid (used to clean the kiwis) and lab results are expected next week.

Last week, around 34 students in cities such as Providence and Woonsocket suffered itching of the lips and mouth, hives and tongue swelling after eating fresh kiwi. All of the fruit had been cut and bagged at Roch's Fresh Foods in West Greenwich. The fruit is being discarded, and the vendor's kiwi distribution has been suspended.

Usnews.com reported on a Health Department statement, saying it plans to interview workers at the store next Monday.

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