Do you know what is in your child’s lunch? If it’s a lunch served in the Hawkins County School District in East Tennessee, you may be in for a nasty surprise. According to reports from WATE and the Nashville Sun Times, the district is accused of serving old meat in school cafeterias.
The meat had reportedly been in the freezer for as long as six years before being served in recent weeks.
Although it is not clear if the meat was tainted, an anonymous cafeteria worker was concerned enough to send a picture of the old pork roast to Michael Herrell, the Hawkins County commissioner.
Herrell told news outlets:
“They go to school, and that might be the only meal they get all day long, and it just very upsets me that these kids are going to school to get that meal. It just didn’t go over well with me when I heard we were feeding these kids meat that’s dated 2009.”
He also confirmed that the report came to him from a cook at Joseph Rogers Primary School, and that Joseph Rogers Primary was the only school in the county that chose not to serve the outdated meat to students.
According to a cook from another school in the county, the cafeteria staff were told by a manager to just “cover it with gravy to give it a better taste.”
The district has now launched an investigation into the incident, and announced plans to implement new guidelines and procedures.
Steve Starnes, Hawkins County director of schools, said that inventory of frozen food items would now include packaging dates and delivery date. He also stated that schools will be subject to random quartly inspections.
There have been no reports of student illnesses as a result of pork.
See the full report below.