Color is still a lousy indicator of whether food is safe, but if Clinton High School wanted to make a case, they would provide internal temperature logs.
“I don’t want my child sick from food poisoning,” says Kathleen Page, mother of two teens at Clinton High School.
” It was so obviously raw,” says her son, Jonathan Carter, a junior at the school. “You could see pink in it. I’d cut it open with my fork and it’d be more red on the inside.”
Page called the school and was transferred to the cafeteria. “I started to ask her questions and she told me it was none of my business and hung up.”
She also called the Health Department and they told her this wasn’t the first complaint they’d gotten about the school lunches.
Clinton School District Superintendent, Andrew Vining, released a statement regarding the issue.
“The Clinton School District strives to serve our students and staff a variety of meals that are healthy, nutritious, and appealing. The photos that have been circulated do not appear that way. This concerns us and we have taken steps to resolve the matter to ensure our students are provided with the best meals possible.
“There were also photos that were circulated regarding apparent raw pork; to clarify, no pork was served.
“The chicken fajita meat which was pictured was Tyson, fully cooked and prepackaged. None of our staff or students have reported becoming ill after eating chicken from our cafeteria. In the event someone does get sick, they need to notify my office and go to their doctor to see if symptoms were due to food-borne illness.
“We regret this has happened and we will continue to put the health of our students first in all things.”