Board of Education addresses issue of county-wide distribution of bad milk to Marion County schools


After a video circulated on social media showing a carton of bad milk being poured into a lunch tray at Fairmont Senior High School, concerned parents across the Marion County School District said their children had similar circumstances within other schools across the area.

Board of Education superintendent Gary Price confirmed that the board and child nutrition specialists jumped into immediate action.

“We have received complaints and concerns that the milk has a different taste to it and some students didn’t like the taste of the milk,” said Price. “One of the things we did was to immediately contact the vendor and see if they felt there were any issues. We went out and did personal observations, the Child Nutrition staff did, we went out and made personal observation to make sure that the coolers were operating appropriately and not having any milk being served to warm.”

By schools already having new coolers in place and checked through the county-wide investigation, the Board of Education will look into the distributing company and processing of all company-based dairy products.

“They had actually supplied us with new coolers that did not seem to be the problem. The coolers seem to be working appropriately, so now we’re just seeing if there is something with the milk or something about the processing of the milk that could be an issue.”

Price stated the board of education is thankful for all concerned parents, students and faculty that reached out to them and all parties are working collectively to quickly solve all inconveniences.

“We’re not trying to pretend that there is not an issue, there is an issue, we’ve acknowledged it, the schools have certainly contacted us immediately and the supplier has acknowledged that there is an issue that they are trying to address so they can keep being the supplier,” said Price.

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