COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WRIC) -
After tainted burgers were discovered at Tussing Elementary School and a letter about the scare went home to parents, 8News has obtained exclusive photos of the patties in question.
The burgers were being prepared for students and staff when foreign particles were discovered in some of them. No word on what exactly those foreign particles were, but photos released exclusively to 8News show what appear to be metal-like shards. A letter was sent home to parents as a precaution.
"It's a little worrisome about where they get the product from, or who was preparing it, how it got in there," says parent Monica Charles.
Minute foreign particles believed to come from the meat slicer found on hamburger patties that had been sliced and prepared to be served at the Colonial Heights school.
"I do worry that maybe the meat wasn't gone through proper checks."
The patties that were known to contain the foreign particles were not served at the schools.
However, according to a letter sent home by the school system on behalf of the food provider Aramark K-12 education, 187 patties that were cut using the same meat slicer were served at Tussing Elementary School. The letter says these 187 patties were thoroughly inspected visually before being served.
Parents that we spoke with were happy the letter was sent home. Most say they aren't worried one bit.
"I've got a lot of confidence in the school system here," says parent Darlene Coleman. "This is the main reason we stay here. They eat school lunch every day and I've never had a child come home sick."
"It's concerning, but I am more concerned with the actual food distributor and who was checking the food when it came in," Charles says.
The food service management is handled through an outside contractor, and is not operated directly by the school system.
The Colonial Heights Superintendent says the letter was just out of an abundance of caution and the Health Department says they are not involved since there is no sign anyone has become sick. They believe the school system is doing their due diligence to keep parents informed. Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond