Out-of-date food has been found lingering in public school cafeterias across Massachusetts, sent from warehouses up to six weeks past "use by" dates, the state department of education said on Friday.
Roughly a dozen schools reported expired food shipments or sought guidance on an inconsistent system for dating food, said JC Considine, spokesman for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Expired school cafeteria food first surfaced in Boston last month. The problem has since been detected statewide.
Boston city councilor John Connolly noted that most Boston students have an income level low enough to qualify for free or discounted breakfasts and lunches at school, and said he worried that past-date cafeteria food puts them at risk of receiving meals with no real nutritional value.
In the wake of the past-prime food discoveries, school officials asked the U.S. Agriculture Department to institute more uniform coding to date food.
Currently, a mishmash of coding practices is used to date food. Some packages are labeled with an expiration date, others with a packaged-on stamp, some with best-if-used-by timing and some with no date.
USDA guidelines complicate the matter further, saying food products may be fine to eat well after the date listed.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Who should be allowed to feed Your Child
With government wanting more and more to control everyone's life, cradle to grave, I thought the Chicago school deciding not to allow lunches from home should be revisited. Do you really think for one minute that this blotted government (town, city, federal,) can do a better job than a parent? Now if a parent does not give a darn, that does not mean I should step in. Let the teachers get back to teaching reading, writing, and English and stay away from the 'lunch boxes'.