26,500 school cafeterias uninspected
In today’s story, reporters Blake Morrison and Peter Eisler worked with me to examine data on the number of schools in each state that met a federal requirement to have two cafeteria inspections annually. We found that in eight states, more than half of schools reporting failed to meet that standard in 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years.
Meanwhile, the series continues to draw attention on Capitol Hill. This week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called on the federal government to increase its standards for meat used in school lunches and to cut contracts with companies that repeatedly did not meet standards.