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(NaturalNews) School lunches inspired by Michelle Obama's "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" are turning up infested with worms in the state of Connecticut, according to new reports. Several photos snapped by students at Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford, Connecticut, reveal what appear to be maggots inside processed food cups, and many parents are outraged.

At least three separate pictures taken by students at the school, reports MyRecordJournal.com, show worms in fruit cups and mold on bread, suggesting a much larger quality control problem. The school itself says the incidents are isolated and not indicative of an overarching trend, but not everyone is convinced of this.

"What are they feeding our kids?" asked Kimberly Davidson, one of the student's parents who recently took to Facebook with photographic evidence of the tainted food. "It looks like a maggot."

Another parent, Gini Selvaggi, had contacted Davidson previously to explain that her daughter had also found worms in fruit cups served at the school. A picture snapped by Selvaggi's daughter showing what appear to be worm contamination was handed over to cafeteria staff at Sheehan, which eventually caught the attention of Food Services Director Sharlene Wong, who confirmed that a worm had been discovered.

"It's kind of gross that this is an ongoing problem," stated Selvaggi to the media.

Sysco Corp. says worms are normal in its fruit cups, refers to them as harmless "organic matter"

Wong, who insists that the incidents are isolated, told MyRecordJournal.com that the distributor of the tainted fruit, Sysco Corp., a multinational food distribution company, has already been contacted, and that an investigation has been initiated. The fruit cup in which the worm was found has been sent into a laboratory for testing, and the company has issued a statement in defense of the worm.

"They stated that 'organic matter' can appear because it is impossible for fruit to be defect free due to the limited amount of pesticides being used in orchards," reads a letter sent by the company to Wong.

"They process thousands of pounds of fruit through the high speed processing line and a fruit worm could be in the middle of a piece of fruit and make it into the can. The canning process cooks the organic material. They stated there was no danger of any foreign matter surviving."

School ignores requests for information concerning food sanitation, while Sysco contends that bugs in food are normal

The school adamantly rejects accusations that worm-infested school lunches are the norm, but several students claim the food they're being served has bug problems. According to Davidson, she was present in the guidance counselor's office the day that several other children besides her daughter were showing school officials photos of worms in fruit cups.

Sysco has since apologized for the matter, but Davidson says requests she made to school staff for information about food sanitation were ignored. Superintendent Salvatore Menzo told the media that, if parents have questions or concerns about the foods being fed to their children, they should contact Wong directly.

"This is what they're feeding our kids," added Davidson in disgust. "Now I know why my daughter doesn't like to eat lunch there."

Sources for this article include:

http://www.myrecordjournal.com

http://eagnews.org

http://wgntv.com

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