PHOTO COURTESY OF VIVIEN WATTS, As the bell rings, many students line up to get a snack on their way to their next period. Junior Devon Thai smiles at the camera while holding a grab-and-go breakfast.

Quality control for food distribution

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School food has held a bad reputation for being unappetizing, but some students do not have a choice. One can either starve the entire school day, or eat. Since the school introduced a nutrition break for students to get a “second chance breakfast,” they are given the opportunity to satisfy their hunger during block schedule days. With the distribution of food, other factors should come into consideration – in particular, the quality of food. 

The quality of school food has always been quite peculiar. From moldy fruit to clunky milk, these occurrences lead to inside jokes among my friends. However, this is a serious issue that could happen to anyone. The distribution of bad quality food can potentially cause food poisoning. Someone who has a sensitive immune system could have worse experiences compared to others.

Students receiving the meals are impacted the most if something bad happens to the food. Uncertainties among students would arise if news about food spoilage spread throughout campus. As a result, more food waste is created. 

Food contamination is another huge problem that tends to be overlooked. Although common symptoms of food poisoning are minor or mild, it can result in hospitalization and or even death in extreme cases. Food contamination can occur at any time, which is why precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of students. 

To avoid situations like this in the future, the nutrition staff should take preventative measures to run quality checks on food that is being served and distributed to students. Not only will a bad incident impact the student’s health, but the staff and school can be held accountable for their negligence. These circumstances can severely damage the reputation of the school. If you receive spoiled food, make sure to contact the nutrition staff immediately so that they can trace the shipment and discuss it with the vendor, or call (626)-943-6590 to speak to a representative from the Food & Nutrition Services department.

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