Cheeseburgers pulled from school lunches - February 05, 2008

Record Number: 3807
Displayed from: Feb 05, 2008 , until: Feb 08, 2008

Fort Wayne Community Schools stopped serving mini-cheeseburgers at lunch Tuesday, Feb. 5, following a directive from the USDA. The mini-cheeseburgers were made with meat processed by a company that is now under investigation by the USDA for questionable beef-slaughtering practices. The USDA has cited no immediate health risk from consuming the meat. Schools were notified that the mini-cheeseburgers served to FWCS middle school students were on the list of items to put on hold until further notice and immediately stopped serving them. At Northwood and Jefferson middle schools, the notification came after some students had already been served the mini-cheeseburgers. FWCS Nutrition Services practices strict food safety procedures to minimize the risk of food-borne illness. These procedures include cooking foods to the proper internal temperatures, which minimizes the risk of illness.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.