A school district in Orange County that was scrutinized for serving expired cheese to its students has been vindicated thanks to an independent lab analysis, the district announced Friday.
"As expected, the independent laboratory analysis revealed no traces of spoilage, thus validating our repeated assertions of the product safety," wrote Garden Grove School District spokesman Alan Trudell in a statement to NBC4.
The cheese, served as part of a nacho-type lunch at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Westminster, was marked with an expiration date suggesting it spoiled some eight months ago.
It was later revealed at least 30 Garden Grove Unified schools also used the cheese, according to school district officials.
Trudell contended that food served beyond an expiration date does not always correlate with spoilage.
"We would never compromise health and safety of our students," Trudell said earlier in the week.