School Lunch Safety

Food safety officials tackling school lunch threats

A federal food safety official says school lunches are an especially attractive target for bioterrorists.

Carol Maczka is assistant administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Food Security and Emergency Preparedness. She spoke in Kansas City yesterday at a meeting of the Association of Food and Drug Officials. Maczka says the federal government is looking at the possibility of terrorists targeting food destined for school cafeterias.

Officials have distributed a food safety checklist to local school lunch providers, and those providers now must show evidence of a food safety plan. Maczka says authorities are focused on the safety of children's food because of the symbolic weight an attack would have for terrorists.