The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 31, 2014

Mistake in Seneca School District leads to disposal of 400 pounds of chicken

SENECA, Mo. — More than 400 pounds of pre-cooked chicken fajita meat at the Seneca School District was disposed of Wednesday, under the observation of the Newton County Health Department.

Sarah Cook, environmental public health specialist at the health department, said the boxes were opened and bleach was poured on the chicken so it could not be consumed.

Cook said there had been a miscommunication about the labeling on the boxes on Jan. 21, and food service personnel had placed the closed boxes — with plastic lining — in a trash bin. She said Superintendent Steve Wilmoth determined there had been a mistake and the boxes were retrieved from the trash bin and placed in an area of a freezer away from other foods. She said it wasn’t served.

She said the health department investigated after she received a call on Wednesday.

Cook said no other action would be taken.

“I have no health concerns,” Cook said. “The product has been removed and disposed of properly. I have no concerns about anything else in the freezer.”

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