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Old 05-12-2008, 11:59 AM
 
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Birthday snacks are allowed at our school but nothing homemade can be brought in for the kids. It has to be store bought and sealed.
Can I just jump in and say this is my pet peeve?!

This is a state law in IL and I just find it SOOOO annoying.
The idea, I imagine, is to keep children from getting tainted food and then suing the school, but for crying out loud...

So now we have to buy something at the grocery store, where they do try to make cute stuff, but there are preservatives and packaging, and its mostly focused on sweets, and it just kind of makes the whole thing seem less authentic, not to mention less healthy.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Dallas, NC
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Can I just jump in and say this is my pet peeve?!

This is a state law in IL and I just find it SOOOO annoying.
The idea, I imagine, is to keep children from getting tainted food and then suing the school, but for crying out loud...

So now we have to buy something at the grocery store, where they do try to make cute stuff, but there are preservatives and packaging, and its mostly focused on sweets, and it just kind of makes the whole thing seem less authentic, not to mention less healthy.
I totally agree. I don't like to cook but I LOVE to bake and my son loves my cookies and stuff. He would love for me to be able to send my own stuff in but I had to explain I can't. A lot of it has to do with allergies but I'm sure it also has to do with not everyone have the same level of sanitary habits. I actually started a Treats for Teachers program this year where we can bake and take stuff in for the teachers. Even some of them said they won't eat it b/c they don't know who is baking it I guess it's just safer all around to buy something and take it in.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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Can I just jump in and say this is my pet peeve?!

This is a state law in IL and I just find it SOOOO annoying.
The idea, I imagine, is to keep children from getting tainted food and then suing the school, but for crying out loud...

So now we have to buy something at the grocery store, where they do try to make cute stuff, but there are preservatives and packaging, and its mostly focused on sweets, and it just kind of makes the whole thing seem less authentic, not to mention less healthy.
While it is annoying I totally agree with it. There are many families I've known/seen who I would NOT want my child eating something they have prepared at home. Some were just filthy in general .....clothes...hair...cars...etc. I can only imaging how it would be the same in their kitchen.
Or those whose manners are atrocious. Do I want my child to eat something they have coughed/sneezed into? Or licked the spoon then stuck it back in the batter? Or even worse, not fully cooked the food and my kid gets sick?

No thanks, I'd rather have that item cooked in state inspected kitchen where I can be better assured it's safe for my child. Even if it's not the healthiest thing they could be getting...it's only one food item out of one week...no big deal.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: FL
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Can I just jump in and say this is my pet peeve?!

This is a state law in IL and I just find it SOOOO annoying.
The idea, I imagine, is to keep children from getting tainted food and then suing the school, but for crying out loud...

So now we have to buy something at the grocery store, where they do try to make cute stuff, but there are preservatives and packaging, and its mostly focused on sweets, and it just kind of makes the whole thing seem less authentic, not to mention less healthy.
While at my school we can't bring in food for birthdays, we are allowed to have 4 parties a year, and can ask for food for those parties. And yes, it can NOT be homemade food. Not at ALL because of the tainted food, or for the hygeine of the house that will be cooking (though they're good reasons), but because of the allergies of some kids. If you bake it at home, you're not going to make a list of ingredients to go with your food...whereas if you buy it packaged from a store, the list of ingredients is right on the box, so that you can easily read if it has some red color # dye, or something else that someone might be allergic to.

Per peeve or not, it's safer for children...in many different ways.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Can I just jump in and say this is my pet peeve?!

This is a state law in IL and I just find it SOOOO annoying.
The idea, I imagine, is to keep children from getting tainted food and then suing the school, but for crying out loud...

So now we have to buy something at the grocery store, where they do try to make cute stuff, but there are preservatives and packaging, and its mostly focused on sweets, and it just kind of makes the whole thing seem less authentic, not to mention less healthy.

I agree! What happend to the good old day when we could bring in a ton of cupcakes and just be happy...
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