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Seneca School District properly disposes of pre-cooked meat at risk of contamination

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The Seneca School District has disposed of 400 lbs. of pre-cooked meat at risk of contamination.

When expired dates were noticed on bags in the freezer at Seneca High School, they were immediately quarantined by cafeteria management.

"The food was never going to be served to any of the children," Food Service Director Sheana Nash said. "It was take care of, marked from the second that we found it."

School officials say the Newton County Health Department came on Wednesday and everything was properly disposed of that same day.

"I've learned from this and the health department was wonderful," Nash said. "They came in and were amazing. They said we handled everything perfectly."

Dr. Steve Wilmoth, Superintendent of Seneca Schools, says some of the 400 lbs. of pre-cooked fajita chicken meat had not expired yet, but they wanted to eliminate any risk of contamination.

"We hated to lose the food, but some of it was getting close to expiration and we did not want any contamination, so we just disposed all of it."

Wilmoth says the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the school board were also notified on how the disposal was handled.

"I'm pleased with the way the cafeteria manager handled the situation and so we move forward," Wilmoth said.

Nash says putting in place a better system of rotating commodities will help prevent this from happening again. She also advises other schools to look into their own district's disposal requirements.

"With ours, we do pour bleach over the top of them after we put them in the dumpsters," she said. "Other health departments might be different, so other schools might want to check with theirs to see how they might want them to dispose."

Other school districts can find out more about their guidelines for disposing expired commodities by contacting their local health department.

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