Did Santa Ana Unified Serve Students Peanut Butter Sandwiches Possibly Contaminated With Salmonella Despite Company Recall?

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Coming on the heels of a Weekly exposé documenting how officials at the Santa Ana Unified School District let lettuce rot, then threw it away comes rumors that workers served peanut butter sandwich to students that was the subject of a recall due to possible salmonella contamination--this despite district officials knowing full well of the dangers of the peanut butter, having received a warning letter from the sandwich's producer.

On October 10, school districts across the country (including Santa Ana Unified) received a letter from David Thomas, vice president of quality assurance at J.M. Smuckers. In it, he warned customers that the company was pulling packages of the company's Unscrutables peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made specifically for public-school lunches due to possible salmonella contamination, and urged districts who had already received such packages to do the same immediately.

"Please immediately examine your inventory and quarantine product subject to this recall," he wrote. "We request that you destroy any affected product that remains in your inventory."

But SAUSD officials in charge of food must've missed that memo. Sources told the Weekly that despite the warning, Uncrustables were delivered to schools and served by workers to students for two days after Thomas' memo. It wasn't until Oct. 12 that the directive came down to stop the practice: an email obtained by the Weekly shows field supervisor Artemisa Ayon writing "As of today, October 12, 2012, we are NOT (underline and caps hers) using ANY peanut butter product." Ayon sent this email in the afternoon, though, meaning students could've possibly been exposed to three days of recalled food products.

What the HELL is going on in the Central Kitchen of the Santa Ana Unified School District? My sources tell me that officials are going on a witch hunt to find out who's leaking all this info. Don't worry, whistleblowers: anonymity guaranteed here! Send your tips on ANY SAUSD shenanigans at garellano@ocweekly.com!

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newleadershipplease
newleadershipplease

Jamie Oliver U need 2really come 2 SAUSD...U would see what a lame excuse of a food service director we have and all the mistakes Mark Chavez makes and how the district pays consultants to do his job!!!!  All this with our tax payers money...

We are so despearete here..the State came back and SAUSD is keeping a tight lid on the results..YET Mark Chavez, former hamburger Mc Donald's graduate is still our director.....inquiring minds want to know how a person with approximately 4 years of school food service expirience has a job running a district of 33 million dollar budget?

These are all our opinions.....and ALLEGATIONS...just to be clear....but it seems like someone is doing this Napoleon rookie a political favor....funny...Mark Chavez's father works (so we are told) at LA Unified..did Mr. Bishop come from LA Unified?

We also know that Mark Chavez used to work with Thelma/Superintendent at another district, by the way SAUSD is the only district where Mr. Chavez has been a Food Service Director..prior to that he was an Operations Manager at a smaller district, then an Asst. Diretor, at another smaller district....totalling approximately 4 years....while working at Costco in the meat department...

So, we are compelled to ask...how did Mark Chavez land a Food Service Director job at a district our size???  Political favors?....we are not accusing..just asking....WONDERING!!!

SAUSD, we have a great Asst. Director now....he should be our leader...just our opinions

Whatsgoinon
Whatsgoinon

Question? (alegation seems 2b d term of choice)  if no1 is readin this blog....rumor has it that the CK stopd using GRILL FRESH & r using the cheapr sandwiches now...hmmm..like I said..it's just a rumor...but GRILL FRESH IS more xpensiv than what we r usin now...does our leader Mark Chavez now how 2add?  we just want 2know..our right 2ask questions, since in our meetins our perception is that Mark Chavez.. REFUSES 2ANSWER...

Whatsgoinon
Whatsgoinon

Another allegation...why wont u cut d oranges 4our students????  Kids dont even have time to eat..do u think they have time 2peel d oranges?  USDA..if ur here..check d menu!!!  HOLA!!  The easiest way is NOT always d best for our students!!!

Whatsgoinon
Whatsgoinon

Allegedly we had another meetin & Mark Chavez did not answer OUR question when asked WAS THE LETTUCE BAD? Why tell secondaries...d lettuce had salmonella..BUT not answer US..ELEMENTARIES?  Cuz we may have servd it 2our kids? Again these r allegations..BUT If USDA is really here....can u answer our questions?

getnewleadership
getnewleadership

 @Wordhasit  do u meant the USDA?   Allegedly the USDA is at SAUSD...WOW!!  in my opinion, Mark Chavez will just cover everything up or send them to the sites with their best kitchen managers.....just our opinion...

 

wordhasit
wordhasit

Rumor has it that the food Police is in d House at SAUSD...4those of u that dont know.... thats d dept...will they uncover d.. truth about our lettuce...d Carrots.... dBroccoli ?? Stay tuned.....

wordhasit
wordhasit

word has it 1 driver likes to stand around and talk and instead of delivering his food and moving on to next site . if he like to talk so much why doesn't he go work at Walmart and be the greeter an talk all day I AGREE WITH YOU, SEEKINFAIRTREATMNT.????

seekinfairtreatmnt
seekinfairtreatmnt

Gustavo, u need 2ask around...we have sooo many issues in Food 4Thought.  1 of our issues is we have drivers that get overtime & in our opinions do not need it...we have sum that just drive around and we have to work so hard while they r just out & about...

Plus, some of the other drivers do not get the same overtme...its really not fair..but our food service director Mark Chavez in our opinions is like afraid to do anything..and we continue to suffer this kind of stuff....

In our opinions all this stuff is very unfair....maybe you should come out and see what some of these drivers do...I wont say names...but every1 knows who they are...I dont think our tax payers would like all these thins that are going on...just our opinions....

ranoutoffood
ranoutoffood

well allegedly we ran our of fish and we did not have fish to serve to our kids...funny..the order came in on the 19th we packed it today..and management barely found out we were short...hmm...whats going on in food service Mark Chavez? Is there not some kind of law when it comes to reimburseable meals being violated here?  Are our students receiving a reimburseable meal?

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

http://newsantaana.com/2012/10/22/the-sausd-food-safety-scandal-widens-as-salmonella-enters-the-picture/comment-page-1/#comment-35389

 

Another place where you can leave your opinions and comments...

 

Mark Chavez does not give us the help we need to do our jobs at the school level..WE ARE SHORT STAFF!!!...but he gets consultants and now more manager people..more than ever!!!

Mark Chavez did not even approve us working during registration and our food applications are not being turned in because parents dont know how to fill them out right....

We need help.  Ok..allegedly..there but someone please help us.

JenniferJ
JenniferJ

Smuckers is a heavy donor to the no on 37 campaign. They don't want you to know that you are eating genetically modified junk when you buy their product. Got allergies, cancer, bowel disorders? Make sure to give your kids genetically modified food and use them as lab rats.

What a shame our kids are been fed genetically modified cafeteria food. It causes allergies, bowel problems, behavioral problems and worse in kids. Mom and dad get breast and prostate cancer and other hidden goodies from it. Can't we just label it already? That's what Prop 37 does if you vote Yes.

See this video for the health explanation.

www.geneticroulettemovie.com

jetsrio
jetsrio

smuckers sandwiches are still being served at the high school.. o good we know where to send them...

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

menu committee? I think that was an idea from before and you turned it down..now you think its a good idea?  What a joke....Mark Chavez it is our opinion that you are flaky...make up you mind...

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

Oh yeah..I am supposed to say allegedly let go of our friend due to the mula that was supposedly missing and still is missing...

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

What about our friend that Mark Chavez let go sayin that mula was missin..IT IS STILL MISSING!! 

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

Get the story right...can we serve juice or not?  Why do you change your mind every week?  One day we can serve juice and fruit and another day we cannot...we are soooo confused. @GustavoArellano expose the truth...becuz we dont even know what we are supposed to serve the kids...

managerswhocare
managerswhocare

Today we had a meeting and Mark Chavez told us that the ALLEDGEDLY our lettuce was thrown away due to Salmonella...lies..lies...lies..lies..we have the emails where we were directed to throw this away...

If this lettuce had samonella..where is the recall?  You would have proof...we would have an email from the vendor....tell us another lie...

What a short memory our leader has...we dont trust you because after today YOU confirmed that your version of the truth is just altered.

Mark Chavez, you could have admitted YOU made a mistake..instead YOU lied!

Just to make it clear...we are not after the board, we are not after Mr. Bishop, we need a true leader in food services.....

SAUSD
SAUSD

The district is only investing on management career develop with tax payers dollars. All the managers and directors are being paid to take a CBO program as USC that’s cost 200k+ to our taxpayers a year. All other employees do not get career development opportunity and therefore opportunity to promote is very low. Please look at the record and you will see this injustice. Before the new superintendent came almost every manager and director receive a promotion which was self given. The superintended talks about respect and responsibility but employees do not see this respect nor do they see the responsibility an organization should have towards their employees. The superintended is focus on the outside but she first needs to fix the inside of SAUSD employee morale and injustice.

thoughtUshouldknow
thoughtUshouldknow

 @GustavoArellano we have a managers meeting tomorrow at Food 4 Thought..who knows what we will talk about at this meeting....we may talk about this...LOL!!

thoughtUshouldknow
thoughtUshouldknow

FYI... @GustavoArellano review the board meetings..then u would c that d old Director (JAN was termd on her last day of probation); 2011 approximately at this time...Mark Chavez was hired on   9-01-2011; public knowledge...check out the board agenda and minutes.

Wordhasit
Wordhasit

Word has it on the 19th of October, a school site needed vegetables and so they delivered  several  bags of sliced cucumbers to the school.  However, the expiration  date was October 15! Common sense should have been to check the expiration date, especially since they had arrived a week before...How long do you think sliced cucumbers last??

Concern2
Concern2

FOR CYA..all of the following is aallegedly:::….So Mark Chavez( SAUSD Food Director) internal protectors or political favors are showing there true colors again,,,10-19-2012, on Edjoin (a website for district jobs) two Food Service jobs were posted for santa ana school district….Operation Manager and Nutrition Manager..WHY doesn’t the District or HR address the TRUE issue here which is Chavez lack of leadership and knowledge. Allegedly hundreds of thousand dollars(taxpayers) are spent on outside food service consultants to assist Mark Chavez.. WHY pay Mark Chavez over 100k salary if he needs consultant for almost every step..Mark Chavez has been the leader of the food service dept.. for OVER ONE year now..And its still in disarray and the lame excuse of ” I inherited this problem ” is very old NOW…

I believe or imagine that Chavez probably ran to the District Office/Bishop crying that he was overwhelmd..Only after his department was exposed w/the photos to the media regarding the 2 articles..BUT thats not the first time for major food waste on HIS WATCH ..Does the District or Bishop or The board members know what little time he actually spends at the his office or what really happens at the Central Kitchen…????? He’s not out visiting Sites…just ask the lunch supervisors at each site..? Who can account his forty hours a week??? It actually should be longer hours if he cares for his department..and being the new kid…mighty secure about his position???What do u think….

Well, we hear he went by 2 sites 2day..hahahaha......seriously?????!!!  Mark Chavez do you know what proper documentation looks like?  I dunno..I guess u bettr ask ur consultants!!!  LOL!!!

Ou opinion is that Chavez is  very insecure of his abilities and will not allow anyone with any true knowledge or background in school food service… Thats probably why he uses consultants which do not threaten him or question his leadership ..For a food service director theirs a Lack of knowledge for federal and state policies and procedures is just amazing and NOT in a good way!!!

…Allegedly there was a change in food vendors without a bidding process and of course Chavez came out clean and had Stella(Operation Mgr) take the fall and….Chavez must have approved the change or not inform her of the federal violation…Chavez’s PROTECTED AGAIN…..BUT YET AGAIN!!! SOMEONE ELSE GOT HURT!!!

QUESTION ????? TO HR / Board Memembers /MR. Bishop…..Why hand him the keys to the dept..and not post the director’s job..Was it posted?  Did he interview? Was it promised to him since JAN( prior food service director) was terminated on her last day of probation …WHY NOT,.JUST HIRE A TRUE FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR..?????Why allow so many consultant and have taxpayers pay…???????

Thelma Mendez..d discard log are not for major food waste..I think for major food waste theirs a policy/procedure to be followd and the state should b informd  when discrading so much food. So dont believe everything ur told Thelma....

.Someone out there PLEASE help the department so the students get better service and taxpayesr money doesnt go to waste….ITS ELECTION time plz vote…Start with new board members…Members that will stand strong against corruption….

And, yes the xpired food magically disappeard @willyazu.. @anonymous  & @tim_villalobos VOTE NO ON 30 & 38!!! YES agreed!!!

WHY is the district looking for the whistle blower when their answer to the solution is MARK CHAVEZ…take care of problem and stop trying 2figure our who the whistleblowers are..they are people who care about our children in Santa Ana..and they are people who have witnessed the injustice of SAUSD...

This is our freedom of speech..as i said when I startd..2CYA myself..this is all aallegdly!!

anonymouslupita
anonymouslupita

NON HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATE should be removed from Mac Arthur school period!..But, of course, F4T hired a director with NO expirience…I am sure since they made an exception for Mark Chavez…then they will make an exception for her…just using my freedom of speech.. I also heard that this same individual was given a lot of extra OVERTIME over the summer while people that have worked longer and deserved the OT at their school were only allowed like 2 hours.  How is this fair? Mark Chavez that ain’t right! my thoughts..my opinions…

anonymouslupita
anonymouslupita

OUR OPINION====NON HIGHSCHOOL GRADUATE should be removed from Mac Arthur school period!..But, of course, F4T hired a director with NO expirience…I am sure since they made an exception for Mark Chavez…then they will make an exception for her…just using my freedom of speech.. I also heard that this same individual was given a lot of extra OVERTIME over the summer while people that have worked longer and deserved the OT at their school were only allowed like 2 hours, if that.  How is this fair? Mark Chavez that ain’t right! our thoughts..our opinions…seeking justice...

info2share
info2share

 @willyazu I HEAR U BROTHER...I wonder what happend 2 all that xpired food2..after hour clean up, maybe?  Telemundo..if u came 2my house and I had something I did not want u2c..I would clean it up b4 I'd let u in...hmm...I'm just saying...hahahaha...Mark Chavez is slick...just our opinion.....

info2share
info2share

 

Allegedly when Mark Chavez started on and 9/1/2011 he was already registered in CBO class….for those of you that don’t know..chief business officer course…courtesy again of sausd and OUR taxpayers $$$$$..and despite the fact that the current food service director(Jan M.)did not support this action... plus Chavez was able to do this during his working hours..etc..taxpayers money at their best…doesn’t look like those classes helped much....HAHAHAHA..a rumor worth lookin into…state of california..WHERE are you?

Allegedly Mark Chavez paid 14k for a one month invoice to one consultant since he has no clue on what the nutritional guidelines are….Mr Chavez used several consultants ranging from $80 an hour up to 14k a month!!!Consultants passd our March audit in many areas..

Production is a different question in itself for the audit…Mark Chavez just got adminstration to approve payment..WHAT A JOKE!!

And Chaves makes over 100k and still needs consultants?

Infamous excuse.."I inherited these problems..."

info2share
info2share

http://newsantaana.com/2012/10/16/why-is-the-sausd-letting-hundreds-of-pounds-of-food-rot/ 

 

Food service director Mark Chavez trickd the state auditors in March 2012 can Chavez do it again….?

What happend to the spoiled broccoli that they had  in storage this past week?  allegedly it was disposed on thursday nite after work hours….WASTED TAXPAYERS FOOD DISCARDED AGAIN…SAUSD does not care…..see comments made by concern2… 3 days ago regarding the broccoli….it did disappear…!!!

IM CALLING FOR A STATE AUDIT INVESTIGATION

anonymous
anonymous

So how about the OC weekly asking why the former operations manager was let go and the district let all of this crappola happen?  I have noticed that since she was let go, another job posting for her position was posted.  Was the former employee offered her old job back? 

Another point in question is why the district let go (last year) the food services director?  They replaced her with with someone who is apparently not doing a very good job of anything except screwing up... He has to hire outside consultants to get anything done.  He obviously doesn't believe in fighting to keep the staff he needs in order to run the place efficiently.  Instead, the sky is the limit for spending money... money the district must be rolling in obviously.  And NO, it isn't cheaper to hire consultants when you have people in house who can do the job.  And rumor has it by the way, that the old director has filed a lawsuit against the district for discrimination since she was fired.  Unfortunately the district won't comment on current, pending lawsuits.  But obviously the district must be rolling in money since this will no doubt be a VERY expensive payout to the former director by the district.  I guess she was doing a good job and the district can't have something like that happen now can they...  One screw-up after another and it is nice to know it is all being accomplished at taxpayer expense. Vote NO on Props 30 & 38 since the SAUSD obviously is rolling in money and can afford to waste it by the truckload.

tim_villalobos
tim_villalobos

The district let go a fully qualified operations manager for the entire district just this past March!!!  She came from the private sector and was fully qualified and already ON THE PAYROLL!!! Why the heck would they want to hire consultants, very expensive ones after they let her go?  She was fully qualified and had the paperwork top prove it unlike those very expensive consultants!  She has had a lot of experience with recalls and even eats the very same food prepared by her kitchen staff to prove to everyone that the food is safe to eat. 

Personally I would love to shove some of this contaminated peanut butter down the throats of the food director's staff (and the SUPERINTENDENT whose job it is to supervise ALL employees of the union not just the teachers) and see of they like it.  Does the kitchen staff at ANY of these schools ever eat their own food?! Doubtful as I doubt they would want to get sick...

It's nice to know that anything important stuff will EVENTUALLY get done, when the boss gets around to it.  Not that it's any kind of priority mind you because I'm sure that he has more important things on his mind... like how to improve his golf score on the back nine or maybe how he's going to spend his bonus this year.

willyazu
willyazu

On friday telemundo netwok was at centrak kitchen, well the night before all the expire vegetables despaird magically. I wonder what happen to them....

inyourface
inyourface

ALLEGATION- Thursday night..a clean up crew was used to clean up the warehouse b4 Telemundo came in..suckers....they cleaned house b4 letting the media in..that's why they did not let you in on Thursday!!! HELLO!! Then again..another allegation....hehehe

inyourface
inyourface

ALLEGATION- I have a question...What about the CBO (Chief Business Officer) classes that Mark Chavez attended upon being hired? Sources say that the current director at that time was not in agreement of this course...just another allegation worthy of looking in2..don't ya think?

inyourface
inyourface

Allegation- an email was sent out to the secondayr and high school sites asking them to dispose of the lettuce...sources say they have the email to prove it...what is going on here?

inyourface
inyourface

In my opinion this comes as no suprise, allegedly is the safe term..ALLEDGEDLY Mark Chavez paid a nutrition consultant 14k 4 a one month invoice...and used several consultants during our recent state audit...these consultants ranged from $80.00 per hour and up to 14k a month...tax payers dollars at their best!!!! State please investigate!!!

anonymous
anonymous

 @Concern2  @willyazu  @anonymous  @tim_villalobos 

No the food service directors position was NOT posted. In fact, the new director was hired when the old direct was still there.  They just never told her that this guy was to be her replacement.  Then out of the blue they surprised her and fired her.  The director's position was thus left vacant for -- I don't know how long before the current director was promoted into that position.  So NO, the director's position was NEVER posted.  He was promoted essentially.  Obviously a political favor since his rough equal, the operations manager was better qualified than he was.  But for some reason, she was laid-off while he got promoted.  She is/was a consultant and ran a few districts from Arizona to Southern California and is experienced in both public sector service AND private sector service.  He had to get rid of her because he was paranoid she would try to get the job that he wanted.  And he wasn't qualified to get obviously.....

The SAUSD can do whatever they want to try to look for me.  But I never worked for them so they cannot do anything to me.  I am in the private sector...

FYI... SAUSD will blacklist people they let go.  The former director being one of them.  Illegal as it is, they do it anyway.  So I can understand why no one wants to rat on them but since they can't do anything to me, I thumb my nose at them and say try.  Who knows, maybe they'll hire me as a consultant...  again.  Their have been so many consultants, they will never know which one.

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