Glass found in food at Austin elementary school


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 6:41 PM

AUSTIN -- The Austin school district is monitoring the health of students after a cafeteria worker found shards of glass in a serving of pinto beans at the school cafeteria.

The incident happened last Thursday Dec. Nov. 29 at Allison Elementary in Southeast Austin. The district says the cafeteria worker immediately got rid of the pinto beans and called district officials who came to the campus within the hour to investigate.

The district says the glass chipped off of a sneeze guard in the cafeteria line. Officials also discovered chipped glass in the sneeze guard at Kocurek Elementary, but officials say no glass was found in food there.

"I was concerned," said Allison Elementary parent Christine Cruz. "As long as they caught it, that's what matters. It could have been worse than what it was."

The district say there is no evidence that any students had consumed glass.

The district decided to proactively remove glass sneeze guards from 18 campuses. A company called Mod-U-Serve installed the sneeze guards this past summer. AISD said the company is now replacing the custom glass at no charge to the district. The process could take up to three weeks, so the company is installing temporary plastic guards in the meantime.

The 18 affected campus include: Allison, Dawson, Dobie, Doss, Jordan, Kiker, Kocurek, Langford, Odom, Pleasant Hill, Reilly, Ridgetop, Sanchez, Sunset Valley, Walnut Creek, Webb, Widen and Williams.

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