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Today both of my kids enjoyed the BBQ at the elementary school. This was a special treat as I had not allowed my son to buy lunch this year and my daughter was just happy to go to school with her big brother. She now has a rash above her lip and the oldest had a complete meltdown (intense anger followed by tears) the moment he got home from school.

I have no way of knowing which part of the menu the kids reacted to, but the reactions were pronounced.

While I did not get the ingredient list of the hot dogs my kids ate today, I did get the hamburgers that were also served as well as the ketchup they both asked for:

beef patties – Ingredient Statement: Ground Beef (Not More Than 30% Fat), Water, Textured Vegetable Protein Product (Soy Protein Concentrate, Caramel Color, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Gluconate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate (B-1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B-6), Riboflavin (B-2), And Cyanocobalamin (B-12)), Seasoning (Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Dextrose, Salt, Onion Powder, Spices), Sodium Tripolyphosphates. Contains: Soy

Ketchup – tomato concentrate (water and tomateo paste), high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, vinegar, salt onion powder, spice, natural flavors

The rest of my children’s meal included a chocolate cookie, watermelon, hot dog bun, beans and mustard.

An end-of-year barbecue should not have the ability to drastically change a child’s behavior or to cause a skin irritation. Things must change for the safety of our children.

School Lunch Investigation – Part 4

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