SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican authorities are eliminating milk from school breakfasts because of repeated instances of children falling ill after consuming the subsidized meals.

Education Minister Melanio Paredes says about 2 million poor children stopped receiving milk with their school breakfasts Monday as authorities try to pinpoint why elementary students receiving the free meals keep getting sick.

About 400 students have been sickened this year despite repeated efforts to stamp out tainted subsidized food at public schools.

The government suspended the free breakfasts in late May but reinstated them in September. Then 126 students fell ill Oct. 21 at a school in the southern city of Azua.

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