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School District: No 'Pink Slime' in Cafeteria Food

Food service provider does not use the additive, superintendent says

Manchester's school district does not serve foods made with lean finely textured beef, more commonly known as "pink slime," said Superintendent David Trethaway.

The federal government says that the beef additive — which is treated with ammonium hydroxide to kill bacteria — is safe for consumption and has been in use for years. Despite that assurance, public concern has led some supermarket chains, restaurants and schools to shun the treated beef.

Sodexo, the food service provider for all of Manchester's schools, does not use the additive, Trethaway said at the township regular March meeting. 

"Sodexo does not buy any of those products, to make you feel a little more secure," Trethaway said. "Our food service does not have that product."

Trethaway noted that the additive has been in the news recently and wanted to allay the concerns of any parents concerned that it is served to their children. 

"Just rest assured that we don't have that," Trethaway said. 

"Pink slime" caught the nation's attention following an episode of the ABC series "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" over a year ago and has been a controversial topic since, according to The Huffington Post

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA undersecretary for Food Safety and Inspection Service, said in a recent blog post that adding lean finely textured beef to foods is "safe."

"Adding LFTB to ground beef does not make that ground beef any less safe to consume," she writes. "I certainly understand that there are processes and methods in food production that may be troublesome to some, regardless of their impacts on food safety."

L.G. March 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM
From what I have read I think improving this field is not the issue. Going through the proper channels is the issue. Many things come into play. 1.This is not Manchester Little League, parents are not insured to be working on school property. 2. Donations of any kind must go through the board of ed. 3. I have it from the horses mouth that NO permission to do ANY field renovations was givin, only to clean up around the dugouts (not even close to the same thing) as a matter of fact thewords I was told were used are ( just do not touch the field) 4. This is one of the worst times to do such a renovation, the players will kill a good portion of the sod just with foot traffic.5. How can anyone have the nerve to go ahead with such a job and not consult ANY of the schools employees that are directly involved, not the grounds forman, not the supervisor of buildings and grounds at the board office. This good intention has turned sour because of the lack of respect, and lack of communication.
Mark Wendell March 25, 2012 at 02:15 AM
@KSU, Your comments were deleted or you deleted them but I will respond anyway. First, I am glad a grad came back to the school. Second, word is around the school the boys already got yelled at for disrespecting their coach. I have personally heard some disrespectful comments from the team. Third no one here is seeing the big picture and that is, and as a former student you will know, the field has come a long way and it takes time and money. Time is short due to stretched employees and money is, well I don't have to go there. That being said it does not give anyone the right to pick up a shovel and start working on property that is not theirs. A group of people were called slime in the opening post. A post about the food in the cafe. I don't like the look of my neighbor's house but I don't go and paint it. That field just got a long time want of a proper arched outfield fence. Go find out how much that top quality fence cost and then tell me no money or anything gets put into baseball. I don't know when you played but in recent years the infield was re-sodded and a new backstop was installed. When people just go and do this it gets them in trouble. If you want an example just ask, if you don't know already, about the dugouts being painted black instead of the school colors. Now everybody was getting mad about the condition of the field but as you can see daily improvements have been made on all the fields and it happens quickly. Same story different year.
Sct March 26, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Fact ALL my Employees are legal. Most of my employees have been with me for 15 to 20 years. You notice I don’t refer to them as Mexicans.They are people. On the next notes If you went out to the fields and looked instead of running your mouth, you would see the field is now fix correctly, compered to what it was before. You keep commenting about the irrigation. It is not covered up and there is no major lip on the third base side. Stop making B S excuses and realize there major safety issues that you guys are over looking. Who made the comments about Yankee field and Blue claws having a lip on the field. Well your right. They might have a ½” to a 1” lip not a 4 to 6 inch lip with a hump of clay under the sod edge from improper raking. Guys you have no idea what you are talking about. So until you are educated on how to properly maintain a baseball field I’m done talking to you. Mark Your right I don’t know who you are, but you have way to much time on your hands to make so many comments not only on this matter but every other matter on the patch. I hope you are retired or self-employed. If you look at the times of all your comments thru the day. You are never working. The would be a shame if you were getting payed with tax dollars. I’m done with matter. You guy are so used to working with a failing system , you don’t know the right or wrong way to do anything.
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Improper raking you are right!!! and I made the comments about Blueclaws and Yankees so thank you for saying I'm right. After the games and practice the team itself improperly rakes the field!!!! The lips are just as you say, about an inch, except for the area that the team has been dragging the drag off the field behind first base on the way to store it behind the visitor dugout. As for the Mexican comment I really did not disparage them except to say they were there, just threw it out for people to make there own judgments about it, but since most Americans want a 20 foot high wall at the border with lasers on the top I think that argument is fairly mute.
bob migliaccio March 26, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Here's a question--why look a gift horse in the mouth? Why don't any of you ney-sayers go look at his work and then tell me"he does not know the proper time to lay sod" or "does he know about irrigation? He has maintained fields my sons have played on for 10 years--he knows what he is doing. The constant excuses for taking no action is why we fight about a school budget's over and over--here's a question-were they ever gonna make these improvements or any improvements to the Varsity Field? Stop fighting a good thing...
Sct March 26, 2012 at 03:04 AM
No I'm saying the equipment. The kids only use drag mats. Again you really have no idea what your talking about. Either you are a employee of the school system or you are a mouth pice for someone in the school system and being mi informed by that person.
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM
bob, if you are trying to lay sod during the season you dont know the proper time to lay sod. This would be a good time to lay sod on you lawn, a football field,a field hockey field, but not a baseball field. The other reasons why were explained mostly by L.G. March 24 8:09
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM
@SCT, what equipment are you talking about? When a drag is used it collects clay and then when not picked up off the field and its dragged through the grass off the field it drags clay into the grass line. Do it in the same spot over and over you have the hill you describe. When rakes are used side to side in base paths and clay is raked up to the lip, all things that happen there daily, it makes the hump. Just like was done by the coaches and parents at MLL, field 2 was a good example of the hilly lips before it was skinned. It's not only the MTHS team its all the others since that place has been overused, Fall Ball or American Legion whatever that field is under constant use and abuse. That same area trying to be worked on was done 4 or 5 years ago and was stomped out by constant never ending use.
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Like L.G. said it's simple had you wanted to donate something, proper channels should have been gone through. They were not. The sod and dust could have been donated to the school. You could have donated it and than worked alongside the grounds guys or asked if it was OK with them and there maint. You don't go to some one else's property and start working. It's just like if an MLL coach who takes it upon himself to drag a town field with his own ATV and hits a kid or a fence. What and than runs away, who's responsible, the town gets sued and they had nothing to do with it. I dont feel to sorry about your sod sitting there because the whole story was never explained. I have it under good word that you guys were told BEFORE you bought the sod to stop but you did not, that's your bad. I really don't get the mind set of let me go fix it myself when I don't own it and then wonder why someone may get mad.
NV March 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I think its sad that the only thing Mr. Wendell has to do is sit back and make nasty coments about peoples employees, employment and good intentions. Why does everything in Manchester have to be a fight when it comes to the kids? What was Mr. Wendells statement about this not being TR? Does that mean we should teach our children it okay to accept mediocricy? As a parent, I want my kids to want more. I want them to be proud of their work, not only in the classroom, but also out on the field. It would be nice if the players were proud of what they were playing on. I understand we have a limited grounds crew, and probably no budget to do anything with. What I don't understand is a system that will deny a donation of material and man power. Insurance? the employees are covered under their employer. Your not dealing with a fly by night company here. What I do see in all these posts is a lot of puppetering. Mr wendell is an expert on everything, has a lot to say about what was said by the AD, the coaches and the players. How is that? has your background check been done to allow you to be near my child on the school grounds? I think in a town that can't get their school budget passed, the system needs to be revamped. If there wasn't so much red tape, maybe more people in town would want to get involved. Who cares? Its supposed to be about the kids, not politics. Its very, very sad.......
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 07:42 PM
@N.V. Number one since my background is in law enforcement you can safley rest assure that my background check has gone far past those that a school employee would get but also know that all school employees including the BOE itself recieve a check, all school employees. Number two I did not make any nasty comments about his employees I just said they were there. I did not use the word illegal untill he did and I have done nothing but strongly voice my strong anti hatered opinion on Patch for a long time. Thirdly since they would not be working for the BOE the company's working here would not be covered by the insurece they have. The BOE does not know the reputation the company may or may not have. You can sit there and say it sad but you really dont understand what it takes to do the jobs that people expect. Money has to be spread about the whole district not just at baseball or football. My referance to TR was that you here all the time Brick has this, St. Rose has this, Southern has this. Manchester is coming up, not there yet and it takes time. Calling the grounds guys slime that sould be fired? thats the way to start a topic and one about cafe food at that. Your comment of "who cares" leads into nothing but trouble.
Mark Wendell March 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM
@ N.V. sorry I had to trim up the post above to fit into Patch wording amount guidelines. I cut a big piece from the top and forgot to add into it to make it make sense. It seems I gave myself a new job. I should say that my work does require a background check because of strong building security and I completed that requirement and my older 2 siblings are in law enforcement that I had to receive a background check for both of them and an interviews for both of them. I also received a background check to coach youth soccer. End result, yes I think I have been checked.
bob migliaccio March 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Mark you wrote "As for the Mexican comment I really did not disparage them except to say they were there, just threw it out for people to make there own judgments about it"---why would people need to know the nationality of the crew? Did you identify the grounds guys by nationality as well? And what judgements were you so politely allowing people to make about these Mexican Americans?
Mark Wendell March 27, 2012 at 03:02 AM
That it may be hard to do backgrounds on them that was it.
bob migliaccio March 27, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Yeah that was it?
po'ed parent March 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Thats what Mark is saying Bob how come you keep beating that subject but show a lack of concern the MLL's VP came out and called people slime that should be fired from their jobs? And that NV and SCT supported him who are both board members of MLL. Are these the kind of people we want teaching our kids? Ones that go on-line and attack others.
bob migliaccio March 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I did not see a comment that called people slime, guess I came to blog late. And yes these are the kind of people I want teaching my kids--in fact the 3 you mentioned have all worked with my kids and do more for this community than most. I think what all of you are missing is the fact that this business owner was called by the school to come and do the work, he did not just show up and start working. This will all be worked out today, the person in charge reached out to apologize to the business owner yesterday for the way he and his crew were treated. The bottom line here--the work will not get done and if it does ever get done it will cost the taxpayer's money--yeah for kids of Manchester...
s j bates March 27, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I will reintegrate my previous blog I appologize for starting this blog The way it did however the bashing of people , races and knowledge of skills has to stop and the working together must begin to reply to PO,Ed the MLL has nothing to do with this should not even be mentioned our league our complex and the people involved with it speaks for it self the children of Manchester are playing on one of the best if not the best complexes in the state as I said previously I appologize for starting this blog on the wrong foot however if the work was not being done because unions were mad then I would consider that slimy I am not the VPof the league but have been involved for 23 years and my reputation speaks for itself so this will my last blog Here but i would hppe that the bashing would stop and the working together would begin Manchester twp is an awesome place to live and the community comes together when asked so lets get it together
bob migliaccio March 30, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Just to put a period at the end of this insane sentence--the school officials met with the "serial sodder" and apologized for they way he and his crew were treated. I personally spoke to Mr. Trethaway and he too was not happy with this whole situation. A good man tried to do a good thing and save the tax payers money but the status quo reared it's ugly head once again and the winners are-----nobody!
Mark Wendell March 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Nothing Bob M. has said in his two post's are true. Everyone has let it die and you should too. The sod was layed by the school employee's the "serial sodder" and his crew were not mistreated, the crew was told to stop and he was told you cant work on the schools property.
JB March 31, 2012 at 12:14 AM
JB March 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Why can't anyone stick to the root of the problem, yes it was a nice gesture by sct but it was not implemented correctly, PERIOD, and the way I hear it the sprinklers now must be renovated in the areas the work is getting done which means if the work was completed without school employee involvment you would have a mess on your hands as well as double work. This is the real preiod. you LL people just wont let it go.
bob migliaccio March 31, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Nothing I said was TRUE? I'm sorry Mark were you involved in my conversatyon with Mr. Trehtaway or were you part of the meeting? Unless you are Mr.Trethaway how the hell could you possibly know what was said? The school was wrong--I heard it from the top guy. And as to the spirinkler head JB--it neded to be moved 3 feet--another job they were willing to do FOR FREE! And JB your right it was not implemented correctly--when the school calls someone to do a job-and they called him--perhaps school officials should speak to each other---SCT did nothing wrong but try and help the school district and the kids. The root of the problem JB is you guys got a knot in your undies because non-union, non school employees were goping to some work on a union field-----that's the facts anyway you present it. Keep fighting for the staus quo guys--we will all benefit greatly...
bob migliaccio March 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Nothing I said was TRUE? I'm sorry Mark were you involved in my conversation with Mr. Trehtaway or were you part of the meeting? Unless you are Mr.Trethaway how the hell could you possibly know what was said? The school was wrong--I heard it from the top guy. And as to the spirinkler head JB--it needed to be moved 3 feet--another job they were willing to do FOR FREE! And JB your right it was not implemented correctly--when the school calls someone to do a job-and they called him--perhaps school officials should speak to each other---SCT did nothing wrong but try and help the school district and the kids. The root of the problem JB is you guys got a knot in your undies because non-union, non school employees were going to some work on a union field-----that's the facts anyway you present it. Keep fighting for the staus quo guys--we will all benefit greatly.
Mark Wendell March 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Bob you are so full of it, I certainly hope the comment you made on FB regarding you being asked to write for Patch was also not the truth. If the school district was wrong why did they stop them from doing the work? Why don't you get it, They were NEVER called to do any work from anyone who had the ability to make such a call. You don't even have a clue about the sprinkler if you say 3 feet. From what I understand the whole layout of the system had/has to be changed. Also the union had NOTHING to do with this a fact you keep repeating over and over that is not true also. Why would anyone think it's OK to go and do work on someone else's fields? If you don't like something in a State park do you grab a shovel? Do you paint your neighbor's house when you don't like the color? Its clear that you are just an anti union person here to start trouble and you know none of the facts surrounding this.
Mark Wendell March 31, 2012 at 03:26 PM
@JB, it appears that while things were worked out with SCT and SJBates said he was sorry for the way he started the whole thread it is only Bob M. that has a problem and can not let it go. Wonder why?
bob migliaccio March 31, 2012 at 03:43 PM
So you are monitoring my FB page--nice. How come nobody involved in this whole dispute knows a Mark Wendell--I have no problem people knowing who I am--are you Mark Wendell? Tell us your connection to this whole thing-I have told you who I've spoken with reagrding the matter--be honest and let us know what stakes you have in the matter. You just keep saying things like "from what I understand"---unless you are a member of grounds how would know anything on this subject? You called me a liar--yet you have given us no indication where your information is coming from--give us your source? Oh and feel free to keep monitoring my FB page--I have nothing to hide--can you say that?
Mark Wendell March 31, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Steve I am sure the apology for the way this went down was heard by the schools maintenance staff. I can go and nitpick things wrong at MLL complex but when I go I look at it as a whole and only that. On a whole the MLL does a great job, period. I would not go and rip someones efforts bad or good because I know that the work of everyone is a good thing for the town. Even if it turned out wrong I know it had good intentions it just worked out a different way. AND these fields are used by children and not the NY Yankees. The Yankees have the money for perfection, the MLL and local schools have to use the resources given to them and it has to be done wisely. As the man who stood up in front of all the MLL parents and presented the monies allocated on you slide show you are well aware of this fact. I was born in Ocean and raised in TR but I am ALWAYS impressed with the Manchester spirit but as I am sure you will agree things have to go down the correct road.
Mark Wendell March 31, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Bob, my concern with someone like you is that your comments that are made to inflame a group of people will end up hurting MLL. I am a parent who sees alot of what the other parents do and think it's wrong. Do you know that the schools help the league? Do you know that the chairs you sit on during meetings are brought over and picked up by the school? The auditorium was used by the MLL countless times. Did you know last year a school maintenance guy volunteered all year to do work on the complex after seeing the good work done there. He came and emptied trash, blew off the walks, picked the place clean. I'm concerned that someone like you may be the cause of the school coming out and saying no more use of our fields for practice when I take my sons to practice. So you will call the person in the wrong a good guy, and I'm NOT saying he is not a good guy or his intentions were wrong, just the way he went about it, but the people you know nothing about you have no problem going on line and ripping them. Just end it and go away, gadflies like you just hurt things..
bob migliaccio March 31, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Please find me on the complex anytime and we can discuss this matter face to face--this is going nowhere....


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