The discovery of a small “shard” of plastic in beef being served to Thayer Central Community Schools students earlier this week prompted an immediate switch to cold-cut sandwiches and a followup letter to alert parents.
Drew Harris, superintendent of the Thayer Central school district in Hebron, Neb., said servers were about a third of the way through serving a lunch of Philly steak sandwiches Tuesday when one server found the piece, which was less than a quarter of an inch long and very narrow.
About 100 students already had been served. Kitchen staff quickly switched to sandwiches and served the rest of the students.
Harris said his staff checked with students. None reported finding plastic in their food and none have reported becoming ill. They also checked through the remaining beef but found no traces of it.
Harris said the district sent a note home to parents informing them what had happened. They also checked kitchen equipment and consulted with health officials, including an area physician, so they would know what to watch for.
“We tried to respond immediately to this and notify people what was going on to the best of our ability,” he said.
At this point, he said, the district has not pinpointed where the plastic came from.