District Finds It Doesn't Need to Remove Fruit Stickers

Manson (WA) School District discovers it doesn't have to remove sticker labels from apples.

Foodservice workers at the Manson (WA) School District have for the past two years spent considerable time removing those brand/price sticker tags from the some 650 individual apples served a couple times a week in district schools because they thought that was a health requirement. Not so, the district just learned, according to a report [3] in the Seattle Times.

The "mandate" was apparently put in place by an overcautious inspection official several years ago. However, the stickers are considered "not a major food safety issue of any kind," according to a representative of the local health board, and removing them is suggested but not required.

Sounds like some labor time has just been freed up...