#AceFoodNews – UNITED STATES (Maine) – September 29 –Shark meat is in and chicken fingers are out for some schools abiding by First Lady Michelle Obama’s lunch rules.The U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted an elementary school in Maine on Wednesday that is taking the standards from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act to a different level.
“The cafeteria is the biggest classroom in the school where students are taught to make healthy choices for themselves beginning in kindergarten,” wrote Linda Mailhot, the head cook at Mount Desert Elementary School in North-East Harbour Maine, in a blog post for the USDA.
Mailhot said that kids get to choose from “nutritious and appealing” foods, such as shark meat, kale salad, and broccoli slaw. The school also has a “walking club” and students do yoga before class.
“Students progress each day through a fruit-and-vegetable bar and an entrée station,” said Mailhot. “Along this route they choose the nutritious and appealing foods they need to build a balanced meal according to the new school meal standards issued by USDA.”
“Many of our entrée offerings are multinational, which is a great way to introduce students to nutritional foods from a variety of cultures,” she said. “By empowering students in the cafeteria, they learn to make healthy choices for life.”
“Farm to School is a large part of our program, for this reason we utilize foods from local farms and Maine’s largest farm, the ocean,” Mailhot continued. “We have served lobster rolls, locally caught haddock and shark.”
According to Men’s Fitness, shark meat can be “terribly unhealthy.”
The magazine said mercury levels in sharks “can cause coordination loss, blindness, and even death,” and cited a 2004 report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that warned,
CNN in 1996 do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tile fish because they contain high levels of mercury,again citing the EPA so it is about time chicken fingers with out shark meat are served up to our children.