Yucky Yogurt

By: Beth Jett
By: Beth Jett

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Friday, Sept. 3, 2004

The parent of a Harry Street Elementary student made the discovery of some “yucky yogurt.”

No confirmation on just what was inside the yogurt; some say mold, others say it was just discoloration. Tests are being done.

But whatever it was, kids went home with notes explaining, still not enough for one parent.

“I don’t appreciate them lying to all the parents like that,” said Sherrie Patterson, a parent.

After school, Patterson was still upset over what she said she found this morning. School officials admit there was something in the cherry yogurt served at breakfast.

“We did open one container,” said Penny Tucker, a Harry St. Elementary school employee. “It had a little bit of discolor, but didn’t look like anything to me.”

“They checked all of the yogurt and discontinued serving the rest of the yogurt,” said principal Trina Wynn. “It was time for breakfast to be over, so there were only a few kids who actually had not been served yet when the problem was brought to our attention.”

"They did not discontinue serving it,” Patterson said. “They fed it to all the children."

The principal says only one child said he didn’t feel well after the incident. Employees called Hiland Dairy, which took away the suspect yogurt and replaced it with a different flavor and different brand. Wynn sent home a letter to all parents to explain what happened, which further angered Patterson.

“This paper says when it come to their attention, they discontinued serving it,” said Patterson. “No, they did not discontinue serving it. I was there all morning ‘til breakfast was over.”

The GM of Hiland Dairy says they’re just the distributor, but he suspects the yogurt was stored at the wrong temperature. The parent just doesn’t want it to happen again. It’s on the menu again on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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