Being a reduced-cost or free lunch student has always meant significant disadvantages in nutrition and overall health (not to mention taste). But even its worst critics could assume that these lunches were not actually dangerous. No more: from an article in the New York Times:
Peanuts From Tainted Factory Sent to Schools
School lunch programs in three states — California, Idaho and Minnesota — have been told not to use any peanut products that they received from the federal government in the last two years because of concerns that they could be tainted.
The peanut products came from the Georgia factory at the center of the nationwide salmonella scare, but were not among the products initially recalled last month. The recall has since been expanded, and the Department of Agriculture last week notified the states who received the potentially contaminated peanut butter and roasted peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America.
Increasingly I see the FRL program encompassing the absolute worst in education policy set by a removed and detached federal bureaucracy which far too often caters to adult interestsfar outside education. It’s time (past time) to start the slow process of fixing this multi-faceted problem.