7 Kids Sickened By Undercooked Chicken Nuggets At Pepperell School

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A total of 17 students have been served the undercooked nuggets on two recent occasions.

The North Middlesex School District is investigating an incident involving undercooked school lunches that left several college students sick.

District Superintendent Brad Morgan said a total of 17 students at Nissitissit Middle School in Pepperell received undercooked chicken nuggets with their school lunches.

The first incident occurred on Thursday, October 27, when 15 students received the undercooked nuggets with their meal. Five children were sent home due to illness that day.

“School staff immediately alerted the cafeteria vendor – Fresh Picks – and a new lunch was prepared for the affected students, some of whom later reported to the nurse’s office with a stomach illness. stomach,” Morgan said in a press release.

The second incident happened a week later, on Thursday, November 3, when two other students told staff they had received undercooked nuggets. These students were also sent home due to illness.

A district spokesperson said there was no indication the students needed medical attention because of the incidents.

The district has contracted with Fresh Picks as a food service provider since 2020. Morgan said the company had no food safety issues during its contract.

On Friday, school administrators met with Fresh Picks executives to resolve the incidents and prevent a similar problem from happening again.

“The North Middlesex School District takes the nutrition and quality of school meals very seriously and will work with Fresh Picks to ensure food quality and safety meets the standards expected by the North Middlesex Regional School District,” said Morgan said.

The school, located at 33 Chase Ave., served approximately 525 students in grades five through eight.



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