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'Gross': Kids in Bennington talk about finding bugs in school lunch
The food service director for Bennington schools sent a letter to parents Friday assuring them the discovery of "little dead bugs" in rice served Thursday was "an isolated instance" and that all rice supplied by the USDA to that school district had been destroyed.
"They (USDA) were notified immediately of what happened and the USDA takes something like this very seriously," said Maureen O'Neil in the letter.
According to O'Neil, a student at Bennington Elementary School found the bugs during the last class on January 9 and reported them to a teacher. The student, 11-year-old Johnny LeRay told CBS6 News, "I was digging through my rice and saw little pieces of - it looked like pepper but it had little legs on it," says LeRay.
A 7-year-old girl and her mother assume she must have eaten some of the bugs since she ate the rice earlier in the day, before LeRay's find. Taeya Guetti said she was "grossed out" when she realized what she thinks must have happened.
"I would have thought that it would have been caught somewhere along the process from bag to serving it up," says the girl's mother, Casandra Guetti.
If the school district knows the type and source of the bugs it is not saying.