(FOX NEWS) – A US school chef has reportedly been fired for adding kangaroo meat to student lunches without disclosing it this month.
But Kevin Frei insisted he was only doing what was best for the students, claiming kangaroo meat was as an extremely lean meat and recognised for its “nutritional value”.
Potter-Dix Public School, in Nebraska, served up the meat in its cafeteria on October 10, adding it to a chilli dish mixed with beef as part of its main course for lunch.
In a letter to parents and students apologising for “anxiety and any harm” caused, the school’s superintendent Mike Williams said he had spoken with the head chef immediately after the incident.
“This is a matter that I am taking very seriously,” Mr Williams said.
“It is without a doubt not a normal staple of our diet and will not, nor will any other non-staple foods, be a part of the Potter-Dix meal program.”
In his letter, Mr Williams said he had contacted a nutrition services officer from the Nebraska Department of Education and informed her of the situation.
“If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time — not at school,” Mr Williams wrote.
“If we were to have food or ingredients that are out of the ordinary, they should be listed on the menu so that the students and families are aware of what they would be being served.”
While he asserted he didn’t think kangaroo meat was “unhealthy or dangerous”, Mr Williams said it wasn’t part of the school’s normal lunch menu and would therefore never appear on plates again.
The superintendent added Potter-Dix Public Schools “will no way be serving food of this nature again. Period”.