Meat from 2009 served at school cafeterias

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HAWKINS COUNTY, Tn. — A primary school cafeteria cook sent a photo of a pork roast that had a date from 2009. The photo was sent to Michael Herrell a Hawkins County, Tennessee commissioner. The school did not serve the roast, but they were the only ones who didn’t serve the meat.

Another cook told Herrell that the Cherokee High School served the bad meat, but was told by a manager to cover the taste with gravy.

USDA guidelines state that quality and taste of meat need to be 4-12 months.

Hawkins County Director of Schools, Steve Starnes, began an inventory of all frozen food to indicate both packaged and delivered dates.

Random inspections will be held quarterly to make sure inventory is used properly, and to ensure the incident does not happen again.

Was the meat tainted? It was not made clear. So far, there are no report of kids getting sick from the old meat.

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