The probe has found that some of these items — which are known to sicken children elsewhere — are being sold at the gates of several primary and basic schools across the island.
One of the products, a candy, identified during the probe is tagged “energy drink”. The candy, which is attractively wrapped, gives a similar effect similar to that of energy drinks when consumed.
But unlike the labels of these energy drinks that warn against consumption by children of certain age, the candy gives no such caution in English. The writing on the back of the package, which appears to be in a foreign language, is barely visible.
The energy drink candy sold at school gates can be bought for $10 and appears to be popular among the unsuspecting students.
Several medical experts — including three paediatricians — have expressed major concerns about the findings.
"Energy drinks, in particularly ones with high caffeine levels, are not safe for children," one medical official told Loop News.
"Because of the high level of caffeine in some of these items we believe it is not fit for children. There have been cases where these items have been linked to seizures, diabetes, heart problems and behavioural disorders in adults much less children, whose bodies are not yet fully developed," said another doctor.
Parents, shocked at what is being sold to their children, are calling for officials from the health and education ministries to step in and probe the issue.
They expressed anger at the risk their children are being exposed to.
The Loop News probe has also found that vendors without food handling permits are preparing and selling foods to students.
BY: LOOP NEWS