Students of the Hawkins County school system in Tennessee were served expired meat in the cafeteria. How old was the meat? Reports say that the pork roast served to the students sat in the cafeteria freezers since 2009.
The Hawkins County commissioner, Michael Herrel, received a photo last week of the six-year-old pork roast in question from a cafeteria cook. The cook worked at Joseph Rogers Primary School, which happened to be the only school in the county that didn’t serve the years-old pork to its students.
Another cook from Cherokee High School also spoke to Herrel, who also was a parent, and told him that the meat there went bad as well. However, the cook’s manager simply told him to cover it in gravy to mask the taste.
According to USDA rules, roast should be served between four to 12 months.
The school county will begin an inventory of all its meats as well as perform random inspections to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. So far there have been no reported illnesses from the pork.