Features about Sloppy Joes and cute schoolchildren disinclined to eat their greens are almost always fun. But Sharyn Alfonsi's latest contribution was thin as gruel. Ostensibly reporting on low standards of cleanliness and vermin control in school cafeteria kitchens, Alfonsi did give us the statistics--seven out of 20 districts tested were given failing grades by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. But do those flaws have much consequence? Fewer than 800 actual occurrences of food poisoning are reported each year even though 29m meals are served each day nationwide. The cafeteria in Connecticut Alfonsi chose as the location for her report has a clean bill of health. In the good old days, Alfonsi concluded, "the only really scary thing in the school cafeteria was the mystery meatloaf," without presenting any evidence that today's hygiene is any worse.
You must be logged in to this website to leave a comment. Please click here to log in so you can participate in the discussion.