Oct 13, 2010 /EIN Presswire/ – Fifty-three percent of the schools in the Philadelphia School District failed their most recent food safety inspection, according to the state Department of Agriculture, while 66 percent of charter schools were also out of compliance, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Some of the schools had as many as 20 health violations, including mouse feces found on cooking utensils, food being stored near chemicals and milk being stored at an improper temperature.

Violations likes these are a concern because the immune systems of students aren’t as strong as those of healthy adults, making them more susceptible to food-borne illnesses, Chris Waldrop, the director of the Food Policy Institute at the Consumer Federation of America, told the paper.

Despite the unsatisfactory conditions, no incidents of children becoming ill from cafeteria food have been reported.

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