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Official: Boston Schools Store Expired Food

A Boston city councilor says kitchens in some of the city's public schools are storing food well beyond expiration and "use-by" dates.

Councilor John Connolly says a recent review of four school cafeterias found meat, cheese and other frozen foods with expiration and use-by dates that in some cases dated to 2009.

Connolly says he has filed a public records request for the school department to release all information related to "expired food inventory." He says he's concerned because for many students, the meals they get in school are their only meals of the day.

A spokesman for the schools says the district's frozen food storage policies comply with federal guidelines that describe expiration and use-by dates as recommendations, not requirements. The spokesman says the food is still considered safe.

This program aired on March 3, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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