May I tip my hat to former Marietta City Schools warehouse manager Howard Clotfelter who took his complaints about the schools there serving expired food to WGCL-TV after he got no response from the system.
And may I suggest that the system should consider whether it is safe for the children of Marietta to have people in the food service division who order workers to serve expired food.
Superintendent Emily Lembeck dropped the ball on this one, initially denying that expired foods were being served. Now, she needs to act decisively before all the children in Marietta start bringing their lunch — which is what I would be doing right now if I had children in the system.
Marietta City Schools Superintendent Emily Lembeck said inspections at two school cafeterias confirmed claims that former warehouse manager Howard Clotfelter relayed to the news station.
He said district management had told workers to serve expired food, including scrambled egg mix, cheese, turkey loaf and yogurt.
Clotfelter told CBS Atlanta he turned to the media because school officials did nothing when he reported expired food was being served. The news station also noted the school cafeterias had passed Cobb County health inspections that include looking for expired food.
Lembeck wrote she had ordered an investigation, according to a copy of the letter posted on the station’s website. Lembeck could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Lembeck initially discounted some of the allegations raised in e-mails from food service workers that some of the expired items were safe because they were frozen, according to a Sept. 24 letter to CBS Atlanta.
Three days later, however, Lembeck wrote again, saying that the board’s attorney and human resources director had found expired food in the kitchens at two schools.
“It appears that quality control efforts (which are intended to prevent the instance of expired food being delivered to and accepted by the kitchens) are not working in all instances. I am displeased and disappointed to learn this information,” Lembeck wrote.