New Haven school hands out more granola bars that may contain nuts day after issuing apology

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Just one day after New Haven Public Schools issued an apology for handing out granola bars that may contain nuts, the bars were handed out again.

The incident happened again at two schools on Friday, even though school officials said the bars were already removed from the school’s food supply.

This time, the bars were served at Beecher Magnet School and Benjamin Jepson School.

The district said there have been no reports of any students having an allergic reaction but parents still want answers.

Superintendent Carol Birks said a full investigation has been launched, adding that they are now re-examining the bars left at all of the schools.

“I am deeply disappointed, devastated, and quite frustrated,” Birks said. “But, please know the people involved in this incident will face disciplinary action. This is unacceptable and this will not occur again.”

The district released the following statement:

Two schools from the New Haven Public Schools received boxes of  pre-package breakfast kits containing products not approved by the District.

Four boxes of the pre-packaged breakfast kits we received from Lindley Food Service, which were mis-labeled, and contained an unapproved Nature Valley Granola bar, were distributed to students in four classrooms at Beecher School today.   

The Beecher School nurse has examined all students in each of those classrooms.  The nurse reported no cases of allergic reaction. The school nurse has confirmed that no students with known nut allergies ate or ingested the bar. 

In addition, one box with the unapproved granola bar was distributed to a classroom at Benjamin Jepson School. No students at Jepson with nut allergies ate or ingested the granola bar.   

New Haven Public Schools has added additional nursing staff to monitor and assist school staff. 

A Food Service manager was deployed on-site to Beecher School and Central Kitchen staff deployed to Jepson. They have verified there are no remaining unapproved granola bars in either school.  Central Kitchen managers and staff have visited all other schools across the District and verified that all granola bars have been removed from all schools. 

The health and safety of our students and families are paramount.  Lindley Food Service has admitted the wrong product was mistakenly included in the breakfast kits and they will take the appropriate disciplinary action.  New Haven Public Schools is reviewing our partnership with the vendor. 

The District is also reviewing and strengthening district-wide and school-based protocols to ensure that no unapproved items are accepted into the District or distributed to our students.

“I am extremely disappointed ,disturbed and outraged  that a potentially unsafe food incident occurred again today. These event demonstrate that protocols for keeping children safe were not followed”, Dr. Birks stated.
The staff responsible for these events will and must be held accountable. I have directed the Chief Operating Officer, Michael Pinto, to review these events and make recommendations for appropriate disciplinary action.”, Dr. Birks added.

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