Authorities in Quang Nam Province, central Vietnam on Monday rectified false information that was fabricated from an old photo and caused people to mistakenly think that a local school provided lunch boxes with rat meat for students.
The People’s Committee of Nam Giang District in Quang Nam managed to determine that the viral photo of a lunch box with rat meat was taken in December 2019 at Thanh My Kindergarten in the district’s mountainous Thanh My Town.
During a traditional food festival held by the kindergarten at that time, a parent treated participants to a lunch box containing rice and wild rat meat -- a popular dish of the local people.
A teacher took a photo of the lunch box and recently shared it with a chat group, from where the picture was widely spread and misinterpreted as proof of Thanh My Kindergarten giving students nutrient-poor food.
A Viet Son, chairman of Nam Giang District, stated that local authorities always attach great importance to students’ nutrition and meals.
“There is no such thing as a school or a parent giving meals with rat meat like the one circulated online,” Son affirmed.
On the other hand, he said that wild rat meat is a dish familiar to residents of Nam Giang and is often available at local parties.
Therefore, eating rat meat during meals is a common practice, according to Son.
The chairman added that local police officers are investigating the case to handle related individuals and groups.