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December 10th, 2009
03:14 PM ET

Sub-Standard School Lunches???

Cafeteria food: longtime bane of students, and now, something -else- for parents to worry about.

Kyra talked to two USA Today reporters who investigated the lunch meat being served in U.S. schools.



soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Two faced guide lines between government and public health department run food outlets should share the same fines and responsibility for there neglagence in the food tree standards give the same courtesy that government detained people get's to our kids they are our future and they need a health one.

    December 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    While this would be viewed as sub-standard and needed to be corrected in the public schools in China, this is going to be closer to the norm in America for the near future.

    Bush-Cheney gutted the funds desperately needed by America's public school system. Funds for new books, funds for adequate nutrition, funds to help rebuild dilapidated schools.

    When Bush-Cheney gutted funds from Public Schools that were already unable to provide their students with current books much less 'new' school texts, just to funnel extra billions into Bush-Cheney's war effort and into the greedy pockets of Cheney's friends in the Defense Contracting offices, IT comes at a price.

    This is the price America pays when it chooses horrific individuals like Bush-Cheney to leader their country.

    December 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  3. Dodie ~ CA

    First we overcrowd our classrooms. Then in certain cities, there are no school books or homework meaning substandard Education. Now it is suggested we are feeding our children what McDonalds and KFC reject?

    Doesn’t anyone realize, our children are the future of this country? What happened to our priorities?

    December 10, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Quick fix directions open 1 can of worms on food director 2 leave egg on face untill director retires 3 give Mrs. Gaun new job as inspector general overseaing public schools.

    December 11, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  5. Philip

    "We have all made fun of school food, right guys?" what a precious moment in newscast!!! LMAO

    December 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  6. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    I remember once when a shipmate found half a worm in his stuffed bell pepper you can just conclude where the other half was.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  7. Edyth

    You think the beef's bad? I made the mistake once of eating the same food that my kid was: a cold corn dog, etc. I was amazed that more of the kids didn't go to the hospital suffering from botulism and other food illnesses. Most parents should have to eat the same food served in their kids' cafeterias; maybe then there would be an outcry so huge that somebody would be forced to do something to fix the problem. I wouldn't doubt though this is why most parents I know send lunches with their kids instead of having them buy school lunches in the first place.

    December 14, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  8. David Hopkins

    If a child is sickened at school by bad food the news is normally local. Get sick at McDonald's? Watch out for the outrage. If we want to fix food in schools the Government needs the same media/blogosphere exposure as well known companies to feel the fear of bad publicity and falling sales. Good item Kyra

    December 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  9. Charles

    Hen meat is not garbage! It is obtained from hens about one year old that are not sick, but at the end of their useful egg producing life. They are obtained from egg producers at no cost which is the only reason they are utilized. Consequently, the meat is heaper than broiler meat.
    I suspect most of you are from the city and believe that if something costs more, it must be better.
    I suppose you all think that when cows don't bear calves any more that a funeral is held and they are then euthanized and buried?
    If you could see what McNuggets are made from, maybe you wouldn't trust McDonalds either.
    This was poor, inaccurate reporting. Granted, the way the food is prepared in the school kitchens may be suspect.

    December 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  10. blair schaan

    I read all this with great dismay, my goodness how america is different, in Canada we also have school lunch programs in schools and in Canada our public health depts check on sanitation, and safe foods served in the cafeterias, BUt if something is approved by USDA it should be edible, i was a meat inspector up till 1982 for Canada agriculture meat inspection division, and we were stricter in packing plants for health, sanitation ,etc then health inspectors were in resturants and stores, now if USDA was doing their jobs whatever those school cafeterias served should have been safe wholesome food products, if it wasnt then someone in school food purchasing programs been saving money and cutting corners and buying big specials on proccessed meats etc, if the prices sounds like its to good to really be true, it probably is
    In many schools in Canada the breakfast meal is served up by the parents who volunteer to make the program a success, and they make sure that what the kids get to eat is wholesome food, and much of the food is donated from stores like safeway then large vegatable whole salers donate fresh veggies weekly, bakeries donate day olds.
    Some of the schools in various parts of canada are in poor shape and have poor equipment in classes old computers etc, thena cross town you find a school with the newest computers best equipment in gyms labs etc, well thats not fair that the school board pikcs one school to get better things then others, well it doesnt aheva thing to do with the school board, its the parents, they want their kids to have to best and will do something about it, in one school the parents couldnt care less about school? they pay taxes for that ,they prefer bingos and casinos, where as in other part of towns parents volunteer they hold bake sales, garage sales everything they can to make money to buy the tools their kids need in school and the best they can get.., and then parents in other parts of town get upset when their kids maybe go play sports at one of these schools and come home and tell mom and pop what the other school has. and boy mom and pop were peed off at school board
    Nope folks dont blame the schools for everything, now a days the school boards cant afford to fullfill their mandates we are lucky if the school board can do 65% of what they should do the other 35% has to be picked up be the parents sadly to say Canadas same as America, so folks dont depends on the shcool system to fullfill their obligations to your kids, get involved before work after work and those mothers who dont work can help at lunch time, please help make the kids lunch a happy safe time for them and they are served wholesome nutritious foods.

    December 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  11. blair schaan

    I also think it is time parents to take control of their kids lives, and what they eat and what they do.
    Hi Im back! just watching TV and see kids in grade 7 and 8 all 50 to 80 pounds overweight obesity is rampaging across America, and look at the moms and pops who are also overweight then their kids are smaller models of the parents.
    We worry about what kids eat in school, and we should also worry what kids eat at home, junk junk and more junk foods whatever johnny, frankie and sally want.
    And its the same in Canada, I was shopping last night and watched 2 familes all overweight by a lot ahnd watched what they bought as grovceries 3 boxes of sugar coated cereals 4 cases of pepsi/coke as they were on sale, multi bags of potato chips and didnts ee any fresh fruits in either food order i bought apples, grapes, and madarins plus salad.then when the kids will go home open a can of coke, a bag of chips sit down and play video games on the computer.
    I an borderline diebetic and have to watch what I eat and read labels, i love frank furters processed ham Johnnsonville brats but read the packages and the cholesterol will blow your socks off so cant have any, everything i enjoyed and ate are full of cholesterol, ya haave to even read boxes and packages of proccessed foods and kids love hotdogs and yup load em up with cholesterol from a young age,
    Nope Mom and dad need to rethink their grocery buying ways the last thing they need is pop chipe and other junk foods? and we cant affoprd to have a dietitian for every home in America, but doesnt it hit people when their clothes get to tight time to diet and lose a tonne, but nope theyll hit wal mart and buy new threads and shirts.
    A man shouldnt have a waist over 40 inches or he is in big trouble health wiseand what do we do when we have hundreds of tjhousands of kids in grades 7 and 8 who have 40 inch waits and bigger, they cant play sports in fact many cant even walk from bus to school rooms without having to stop and rest couple of times.

    THis is where the school board gets the local public health nurse involved , and they visit the kids homes and read the parents the riot acts, this is child abuse plain and simple even if it is because of love, these kids will have health problems rest of their lives and maybe a heart attack at 20 it has happened and we wonder why they die so young? look at them? kids should be 125 pounds weighing 190 pounds thats not good on them it strains their heart , and other body parts.
    Maybe with this recession its a good time for parents in America and Canada to start better eating ,some physical fitness and using a lot of common sense on how ya live, with fianances being poor for many families now is time to forget the junk foods pop, chips etc and buy good wholesome nutritious foods when hungry have an apple an orange, some broccoli with a dip is excellent source of Vitamin C, carrot strips, celery even celery with cheese whiz on it.
    We have to watch our dairy products we all like cheeses etc but ours in America are proccessed cheeses in Europe their cheeses are fermented cheeses so their cheese have no cholesterol compared with our cheeses we eat daily, the proccessed kinds full of cholesterol, all the bad kinds I love cheese whiz or slices of proccessed cheese on sandwiches but all bad for ya
    We worry about safe foods in school? better check the home front first maybe what the kids eat in school is safer then what they get to eat at home who knows something to think about before we go off half cocked blaming everyone but ourselves for the problems kids have!

    December 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm |