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Would Your Child's Lunch Pass Inspection?

North Carolina incident has some questioning whether government regulations have gone too far.

A North Carolina preschooler recently had her lunch confiscated and replaced with a school meal after a state agent decided the contents of her lunch box were not healthy enough, Fox News reports.

The child was given a school meal that included chicken nuggets to replace the turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, apple juice and potato chips she had brought from home. According to an account in the Carolina Journal, the person inspecting lunches that day did not feel the girl's lunch met U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines that require lunches consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home. 

The Carolina Journal further reports that state regulations mandate, "When children bring their own food for meals and snacks to the center, if the food does not meet the specified nutritional requirements, the center must provide additional food necessary to meet those requirements."

While the idea of having your child's lunch inspected may seem preposterous, the National Review Online reports lunch inspections have been taking place in England for years. In a prescient July 2010 article, Julie Gunlock wrote, "One might think of this as just another wacky Big Brother anecdote coming out of Europe. But the truth is, food police are already active in American public schools, and it likely won’t be long before they start snooping into our kids’ lunchboxes. No doubt any child caught with Twinkies, Ho Hos, or Ding Dongs will be sent home immediately, with a note advising his parents on how to provide better meals."

What do you think? Should the government regulate the meals parents provide for their children? Is it appropriate for state agents to inspect lunch boxes? How would you feel if your child's lunch from home was inspected or confiscated? Tell us in the comments.

M.K. OSBORNE February 19, 2012 at 07:41 PM
P Celtic , tell them it is religious and they want touch it with a ten foot pole.
Tammy Osier February 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I don't have a problem with suplementing a milk or juice (maybe a pbj), if you have a kid who doesn't generally have much from home - no problems there. The rub is the ultra PC in this one and who interprets what for whom. To substitute a turkey and cheese sandwich and banana (all natural ingredients) with chicken nuggets? Those nuggets are breaded with fillers (you know the stuff that's full of empty calories) and probably have trace amounts of real chicken. Everything that parent sent was natural. What is served in school is not necessarily all natural (veggies are) and because of being served in bulk, probably has preservatives. Are they planning to reimburse the parent for what she bought at the grocery store? PC gone wild in this case - imo.
Tammy Osier February 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
@ Bobby: I saw those commercials last night, and my first question was, 'OK. Are they going to charge less for the new and improved candy bar?" Really! If I'm going to mess up my diet, I might as well eat the whole thing and enjoy it. I won't be eating another one for a while. Kind of like thin mints....oh my. GS's are at the doorsteps aren't they?
Grant February 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Those of you all up in arms about this have really failed to understand whats happening here . It's unbelievable how quickly you guys go off and how easily Fox news can mislead you. Go and read the articles.. This is a state program that certain childcare facilities can qualify for . To get this qualification (Star Rating) they have to pass certain guidelines and inspections, one of which states that all the kids will be served a healthy lunch (O the horror). http://ncchildcare.dhhs.state.nc.us/parents/pr_sn2_ov_sr.asp Not all NC childcare facilities have this "Star" rating and parents are free to choose a Star rated facility or not . They are also well aware of the requirements. Those morally or politically opposed to a teacher giving an apple to your kid because you sent him to school with a twinkie and a coke can choose to send their precious snowflakes to other facilities not bound by the Star rating. Again , no one lost their lunch (except me after seeing the moronic response to this non issue) no one was forced to eat anything and the federal government isnt invading your lunchboxes. Chill
M.K. OSBORNE February 20, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Like i said , if they want to make sure all lunches are within guidelines they need to provide them to all . provide uniforms , etc ..... flashback .... Germany .

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