Inspection finds rodent droppings in elementary school cafeteria

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Department of Agriculture inspection uncovered rodent droppings in Middletown Area School District’s John C. Kunkle Elementary School cafeteria.

The school was found out of compliance with three violations. Inspectors say the person in charge does not have adequate knowledge of food safety. They also observed a food employee preparing vegetables without a hair restraint.

The biggest violation was the group of approximately 200 rodent-like droppings found on the floors in the kitchen area and serving line.

Superintendent Dr. Lori Suski sent ABC27 the following statement:

“Although the district takes this report very seriously, the violations cited did not require the closure of the school’s cafeteria. The district immediately addressed the concerns with its contracted food service management company and increased visits from the pest control company from monthly to daily to resolve the issue. The Department of Agriculture conducted a follow-up inspection a few days after its initial visit, and all necessary corrections had been made and the kitchen was deemed to be in compliance.”

That follow-up inspection has not yet been posted publicly.

ABC27 asked Suski if parents were notified of the out-of-compliant inspection. She has not responded.

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