New York City public schools need to feed thousands of mouths every single day. So when they are forced to cut chicken tenders from the public school lunch menus because of an emergency, adjusting according is extremely challenging.
But after staff at a number of Manhattan public schools found bones and blue pieces of plastic inside the supposedly boneless white-meat chicken, the Department of Education had no choice but to “temporarily remove” chicken tenders from the menu until they figured out the cause of the problem.
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It took not one, not two, but seven separate complaints in order for the New York public school system to get the memo and pull chicken tenders from their menu.
Now the Department of Education has ordered all chicken tenders in the school cafeterias to be destroyed. And because this is many kids’ favorite thing to eat, the students are outraged!
When the chicken tender problem was first reported, the batch was sent to a facility for examination. There it was X-rayed, which found no bones or plastic, so they sent the tainted chicken back to the schools.
Now Manhattan school staff claim bones were found in that same batch of chicken last month – and the problem is not going away.
Somma Food Corp supplies New York City schools with these disgusting pieces of chicken. In a company ‘founded by food service and restraint industry veterans’, it seems like the basic question of quality has been overlooked again and again.
Because these bones and blue plastic pieces pose a danger to children, the Department of Education is taking this report seriously.
A Department of Education spokesperson released a statement to Dailymail.com saying the chicken tenders have been “temporarily removed” from SchoolFood menus “out of an abundance of caution.”
“The safety of all students and staff is our top priority. We swiftly took action and are investigating the incident,” the statement read. “We are working closely with the vendor, and distribution of the item will remain on hold until all concerns have been addressed.”
Somma Food Group spokesperson Michael Turley claims to be investigating the problem:
“We have had reports of a few bone occurrences and we are working with the city on additional quality assurance steps,” Turley told the New York Daily News.
The chicken tender recall came just weeks after pizza slices were found infested with mold and other contaminants. Pizza was pulled in September and returned in October. But on Tuesday they pulled it again.
“Distribution of the [pizza] will remain on hold until all concerns have been addressed,” Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness told the New York Daily News.
With more than 1,700 public city schools, changing the lunch menu is a complicated process.
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