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Students served bugs in school lunch

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Students at Bennington Elementary had a very unpleasant addition to their lunches on Thursday.

Authorities say the bugs were found in rice that was served with the main meal. A student in the last class noticed something in the food, and the teacher on duty brought it to the site manager's attention. When officials determined it was dead bugs, they pulled the remaining rice and told the students who already had it on their plates not to eat it.

A note from the principal was sent home to parents on Thursday, followed by a letter with further detail about the incident, which is posted below:

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am following up on a note sent home to you by your principal yesterday, Mr. Law.

I want to give you all the facts, as we know them to be true.

Rice was served with the main meal on Thursday, January 9th, 2014. During the last class, a student noticed foreign objects in their rice. The teacher on lunch duty brought it directly to the site managers attention and after further investigation, it was determined that these objects were little dead bugs. All remaining rice was pulled, and the students who already had it on their plates were told not to eat it.

The rice used was a commodity product, which means, that it is supplied to us by the USDA. They were notified immediately of what happened and the USDA takes something like this very seriously. I was given permission to pull and destroy all remaining rice from every school in the SVSU district. The matters are in their hands, and are following up with the vendor that supplied it to them. The USDA will be sending us documentation of the complaint and any other information they discover during their findings.

Please be assured that this was an isolated instance and the Abbey Group continues to offer nutritious quality products and service. The health and well being of every student is of upmost importance to us and we will continue to service the schools with this in mind.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
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