This is an apt title in our area at present !
There have been several very nasty outbreaks of E. Coli food poisoning in the county area, and it has all been traced back to a local firm which supplies cooked meat to local schools, nursing homes and council run establishments.
The firm has been closed down, pending a major Environmental Health Inspection and enquiry, and it has caused headaches for all the establishments concerned , having to source "clean" food to provide instead.
The menus at our local school have had to be changed, but it is a small price to pay when you consider that one 3year old child at another school has been very badly affected, and is currently at a specialist renal unit with kidney failure, which is a known complication of some types of E Coli food poisoning.
Please God, she will recover fully.
It is frightening how easily things can go wrong in the food supply chain, and cause such devastating consequences. On the other hand, if each school had an account with a local butcher, greengrocer etc, and all food was freshly prepared, maybe these problems would not be so common.
A newspaper report last week said that some new schools are even being built without kitchens , just facilities to re-heat ready-prepared foods bought in from a giant wholesaler .
To me, this is both ludicrous and scandalous.
I `m a firm believer in the "Real food in Our Schools" campaign :-)