Undercooked Chicken Served to Nixon Students

No students reported ill as of Friday.

Sudbury Public Schools Superintendent Anne Wilson announced during Wednesday's School Committee meeting that students at Nixon Elementary School had been served undercooked chicken strips at lunch that day.

Robert Leupold, health director for the Sudbury Board of Health, was notified immediately by school officials and an investigation began, Wilson said.

Leupold went on to contact the state's health department, who then advised parents that the incubation period for bacteria in chicken could take anywhere from six hours to five days and to monitor their children for stomach and/or intestinal problems.

Both Leupold and Wilson said no child has been reported sick.

"This is totally unacceptable," Committee member Lisa Gutch said at the meeting.

"It's unfortunate that this mistake happened," Leupold added in a telephone interview. "There's no excuse for it."

Chartwells, the education dining services company employed by the school system, had undergone an inspection by the Board of Health from Jan. 31 to Feb. 15. Leupold reported that all five kitchens in the school system passed inspection.

"This came as an utter shock," Mary M. Will, the schools' director of business and finance, said of the incident.

Leupold said that the chicken is undergoing tests to determine if bacteria is present and results should be released within a few days.

At the school committee meeting, members discussed options for further monitoring of Chartwells, which would include a full written report of the incident by them, as well as unannounced inspections.

An attempt to reach a spokesperson from Nixon's PTO for comment was unsuccessful as of Friday afternoon.

Also items of note at the meeting:

  • Wilson presented the Entry Findings Report, which detailed her experiences in getting to know the Sudbury Public School's community and her goals for tenure as superintendent. 
  • Wilson also announced that Bobbi Benson of Nixon Elementary School was awarded the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education award.
Paula Mackenzi February 18, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Spirit of 01776 February 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Did the school committee actually decide to do anything or did they just express dismay?
Paula Mackenzi February 18, 2012 at 03:19 AM
i just read this story again and threw up in my mouth. that's how I expressed my dismay. sorry for the visual but this is just really disgusting.
Chris McCarthy February 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
x February 18, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The chicken sashimi did not go over well. Let's try something else. Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
patch fails February 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
sudbury needs better cafeteria options in general. I currently go to LS but remember the same at curtis and in elementary school. The food is awful and overpriced. over the past couple of years the selection has been decreasing and now everything is healthy and tastes horrible. they don't even have gatorade and soda anymore. everything is whole wheat and made with healthy but horrible ingredients. The schools should be allowed to serve good tasting food even if it isn't the healthiest it can be. If you don't want your child to eat it then spend 5 minutes in the morning and make them lunch. If this system doesn't change no one will buy school lunch anymore and they won't make any money, forcing them to go back to the less healthy, good tasting food. I would much rather have that than the garbage they serve us now
noyes parent February 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
OK here is my solution.....lets keep the chicken in the oven 10 minutes longer!!!.......and when inevitably we have some other food that is undercooked, which happens in my house like it does in most houses....we should realize the mistake and cook that food a little longer......So when are all the victims of this travesty being released from their moth long hospital stays???


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