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School Officials: Weston's Cafeterias are Safe

Responding to a report in the Stamford Advocate, Weston school officials said their cafeterias are inspected regularly and the food is safe.

The cafeterias in Weston's schools have failed more inspections than any other district in Fairfield County over the past five years, according to the Stamford Advocate. But Weston school officials insist cafeterias are inspected regularly and students are not exposed to unsafe food.

In a letter sent out by the district Tuesday afternoon, officials said the Weston/Westport Health Department "inspects ... school kitchens several times each year," issuing a report following each inspection.

According to school officials, over the last two years, scores for the district's cafeterias, on a 100-point scale, were as follows:

  • Hurlbutt's East House: 97 to 100; no failures
  • Hurlbutt's South House: 92 to 100; failed one inspection "because there was a dented can on the shelf in the storage room at there was an uncovered tray of chicken on a storage rack in the kitchen"
  • Weston Intermediate School: 91 to 100; failed one inspection because of a dented can which was thrown away following the inspection
  • Weston Middle School: 97 to 100; failed one inspection because three items in a cooling unit were above the required temperature
  • Weston High School: 89 to 100; failed two inspections "because a warming cabinet was not holding the proper temperatures"

The last cafeteria inspection occurred in October 2012, according to school officials, and Weston's cafeterias received scores between 97 and 100.

"We would like our students and parents to know that we have 10 fully-certified food safety professionals throughout the district," the letter sent by the district says. "Most importantly, yesterday the Director of the Weston/Westport Health Department confirmed to the administration that Weston schools are serving safe food prepared in safe conditions. At no time have our students been exposed to unsafe food and/or conditions."

Charles Ambrosecchia January 10, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Safe??? They must be kidding. Uncovered chicken, improper storage temperatures and broken cooling. Restaurants get shutdown for that!

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