October 14, 2015—As you may have seen in the Albany Business
Review, Cohoes City School District recently received food
inspection violations for having dented canned goods in stock at
Abram Lansing and Harmony Hill elementary schools. The identified
cans were immediately removed from the stock and returned to the
vendor for credit. At Abram Lansing, a batch of chicken nuggets was
also identified as having cooled to slightly below the appropriate
temperature during holding. A follow-up inspection was conducted at
Abram Lansing on Oct. 3 and passed without issue. Harmony Hill
passed the initial inspection, so a follow-up inspection was not
Cohoes City School District takes food safety very seriously. The district contracts with Aramark, an award-winning national company, to provide district food services. Cohoes works closely with Aramark and the Health Department to ensure that the food served at Cohoes schools is of high quality and prepared in the safest environment. Any issues found during routine inspections are addressed and corrected quickly.
Together, Cohoes City School District and our Aramark employees maintain rigid operating procedures that ensure the safety and integrity of all food served to our students, through delivery, storage, preparation and transport. The food service staff is engaged in a regular training to continually reinforce safe practices. In addition, Aramark works with a third-party evaluator of quality assurance to bring an added dimension of safety and an increased level of rigor to our food service program.
Cohoes City School District recognizes that safe, nutritious food is a foundation for learning, and the district is proud to provide healthy meals to all our students. The district works to maintain high standards and ensure the health of our students. A recent grant funded $49,500 in new cafeteria equipment, and thanks to the Community Eligibility Program, breakfast and lunch are available to all elementary students in the district at no cost through the 2018-19 school year.
Cohoes City Schools and Aramark will continue to be dedicated partners in ensuring safe, healthy and nutritious food continues to be available for the students of Cohoes.
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