Years-old pork served for lunch at schools in East Tennessee

30 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Children served pork from 2009 at Hawkins County Schools.

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. – An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Hawkins County Commissioner Michael Herrell said he received a call from a concerned cafeteria worker, and he raised questions about the safety of the food. The only school in the county that didn’t serve the pork roast to students that had a date from 2009. “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 that I heard we were feeding these kids the meat that’s dated 2009,” Herrell said. According to the Kingsport Times-News, the Department of Agriculture quality chart recommends eating frozen roasts within 12 months, but it says frozen food remains safe indefinitely.

Herrell says a cook at Cherokee High School also told him the meat was bad but was told by the manager to cover it with gravy to give it a better taste. It was, however, served at other schools. “These high-schoolers – they understand if they see something they are not going to like they don’t eat it.

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