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City Council Takes Aim At Deli Meats Offered To Public School Students

January 16, 2019 - 5:54 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — At a City Hall hearing Wednesday, the Department of Education came under fire for the food it offers to New York City public school students.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports, their mantra is “Ban the Bologna.”

A group of about 20 councilmembers, including sponsor Fernando Cabrera, have signed onto a resolution calling on the department to eliminate processed meats from school menus.

“The only processed meats we have on the menu are deli meats and pre-made sandwiches and we're currently working with our vendors to add healthy options to our menu,” said DOE spokesman Chris Carrico.

Though, some council members noted that if the department was already working to add healthy options, it was aware that deli meats are not considered to be part of a well-balanced lunch.

"So, you're fully aware that these meats have been found to cause cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, and other illnesses and The World Health Organization, we're talking about the best, has classified processed meats as a group-one carcinogen for humans,” Councilman Cabrera asked.

The Bronx representative wants to know why lunch meats are being offering to children when the Education Department knows of the health risks.

Lamb reports that members of the public in the council chamber politely snapped their fingers in approval of the council’s questioning.