No reports of illness at SCASD after district used recalled salad greens in lunches

From CDT staff reports

There have been no reports of illness at the State College Area School District following a recall of salad greens that the district’s food service department uses.

District spokesman Chris Rosenblum said in an email Thursday night that the recalled produce was received on Monday and sent to Park Forest Middle School, the Delta Program middle and high schools and all district elementary schools.

A letter was subsequently sent to district families and employees.

“Given the perishable nature of lettuce, some of this product was served in the listed schools over the past four days,” Food Service Director Megan Schaper said in the letter. “We encourage you to contact your physician if your child experiences fever, muscle aches, nausea or diarrhea.”

According to Schaper, Club Chef/Cross Valley Farms issued a voluntary recall due to potential listeria contamination.

“We wish to assure families that our food service department has a detailed food safety plan and takes the safety and well-being of students seriously,” Schaper said. “This event was outside of our control, but we immediately instituted established procedures to remove and destroy any lettuce associated with the recall.”

Entrée salads were not served in the elementary schools Friday, and instead replaced with cheese sandwiches. Greens not associated with the recall were available at Delta, and in the middle and high schools, a report from the district said.