MUNCIE, Ind. – A photo of cream cheese served to students at Central High School is turning stomachs online, the latest in what’s now a daily trend of students posting truly disgusting school food offerings.
Isaiah York and a friend are reconsidering their school food options after they popped open an individual cream cheese at breakfast Monday and found it covered in thick green mold, The Star Press reports.
“I was a bit grossed out about it, it made me a bit uneasy,” York said. “When we opened it, I was a bit in shock to be honest … That’s my first time encountering that.”
The senior reported the fouled cheese to the school principal, who contacted the school’s food services. The teens also posted the image to Facebook and Twitter, and it’s since gone viral.
Muncie Community Schools food services director Dianna Choate said the cream cheese came from the manufacturer in individually sealed portions that were within the expiration date, and officials checked other containers and found no mold.
Regardless, cafeteria staff dumped all of the cream cheese packets and contacted the Delaware County Health Department, the Star Press reports.
“I feel it’s a shame that MCS is being made out negatively for something that could occur anywhere, at any time, whether a school, business, or personal home,” health department administrator Jammie Bane said.
“An incident occurring does not point to a trend, and does not point towards the schools not caring or not taking actions in an effort to ensure it doesn’t occur again,” Bane said. “As a matter of fact, our local schools excel at food safety.”
York isn’t taking any chances, and told the news site he now plans to bring his lunch from home. He said a picture of the cream cheese posted to Facebook by senior Quinesha Pointer received a lot of attention – 455 shares in one day.
“I honestly didn’t expect for it to blow up … this quick,” he said.
Pointer added that it’s not the first time “food we was served was not right.”
The rotten cheese incident comes amid the district’s transition to the national food company Chartwells, though MCS spokeswoman Ana Pichardo was adamant the incident “has nothing to do with Chartwells.”
And while Twitter confirms that spoiled cream cheese, even in unopened containers, is a fairly common occurrence, the complaint in Muncie is only the latest in a snowballing trend of students posting disgusting government school food online, many with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama, EAGnews reports.
The first lady is the biggest supporter of recent government restrictions on all aspects of school foods, from calories to sugar to what students can sell at fundraisers. The regulations have convinced more than 1.4 million students to drop out of the National School Lunch Program after years of increased enrollment. The regulations also created more than $1 billion in additional school food waste with provisions that require students to take a fruit or vegetable, whether they eat it or not.
Mold was also the problem at Cherokee High School last month, when Jessica Fisher posted a picture of banana bread with numerous spots of mold that gained national attention, including coverage on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”
“People need to know about this, parents need to know what their kids are eating at school,” Fisher, a senior, told WSLS.
Recent tweets with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama feature a noodle, meat, corn and other items in a concoction; a lunch with two breadsticks and pizza sauce; a very unappetizing bacon cheeseburger; frozen juice drinks; overcooked turkey; green slime; turkey slop; a macaroni and cheese soup; and numerous other unidentifiable items.