School Meals Needs Improving, More Vitamins and Nutrients
Posted Sep 22 2009 12:00am
News about tainted food that may have made its way into school lunches has parents and children a bit worried about what they're eating. To think that fatty and salty foods responsible for a major contribution to clogged arteries and high blood pressure and attention deficit disorder wasn't enough to get parents' attention, we had to have 'tainted' foods - those with little to no vitamin and nutrient content. Here's more --
Federal authorities failed to tell schools about recalls of potentially tainted peanut products and canned vegetables, and cafeterias may have unknowingly served them to children, the Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday.
A GAO investigation found the Agriculture Department didn't always make sure states and schools were notified promptly about recalled food distributed through the federal school lunch and breakfast programs, which serve 30 million students.
GAO reported Tuesday that it took as long as a week for states to figure out which products were recalled, and that schools may have served the suspect food to kids during that time.
"This report underscores the need for comprehensive reform of our food safety structures," Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said in a statement. "The 30 million students in the national school lunch program, their parents, and the country at large, deserve to know that the food they eat is safe and free of contaminants."
In a written response, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said safety is of "utmost importance" and his department is working to build a better food safety system. And the Food and Drug Administration said it, too, was taking steps to ensure schools will be notified.
At issue are two recalls in the past two years. ( Source )
Comments: We certainly don't want any problems with school lunches or breakfast programs, but the bigger picture needs to be addressed: are these foods healthy to begin with? Are there enough foods with the proper nutrition in them to be considered healthy, in these public schools? If we just put out plenty of fruits, for starters, we could make a big change in students' health and grades... you can count on it. But again, having the federal government intervene (interfere, more like) where the private sector can do a better job, just provides evidence as to the origin of so many problems. We have to make our own choices and starting with a healthy diet, rich in whole food fruits and vegetables.