Expired Cheese Was Safe for Students to Eat, Lab Results Show

Analysis shows "no traces of spoilage," says district

By Olsen Ebright
|  Saturday, Nov 17, 2012  |  Updated 7:33 AM PDT
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Expired Food Allegedly Served at OC School

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OC School Officials Defend Serving Expired Food

Cheese sauce used for a nacho dish had an expiration date from last March was served at some 30 elementary schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Students say the food product tasted "weird," but school officials defended their use of the food. Jane Yamamoto reports from Westminster for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012.

Expired Food Allegedly Served at OC School

An elementary school in Westminster featured a menu item this week whose label suggests it expired in March. School dstrict officials confirmed the date on the packaging, and say samples have been sent to an independent lab for testing. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2012
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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.

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