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Frosting used in L.A. school fundraisers on voluntary recall

August 3, 2009 |  3:38 pm

The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking to regulate companies whose products are sold by parents and students for fundraisers after frosting used on bread and cinnamon rolls in one such effort was voluntarily recalled.

Country Creations, based in Colorado, announced a voluntary recall of frosting July 10 because it had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, said David Binkle, deputy director of food services for L.A. Unified.

The bread and rolls were sold by students and parents from six L.A. Unified schools: Lomita Math/Science Magnet and Allesandro, Westport Heights, Carson Street, Annandale and El Oro elementary schools.

Binkle said the bread and rolls were mainly purchased in May and June before school was out for the summer. Most of it has been consumed or is in freezers. Officials will wait until classes resume to notify parents who might have purchased the treats.

The district was warned about the voluntary recall today by the California Department of Education's nutrition services division.

The warning is calling attention to the oversight of independent fundraising efforts that schools and booster clubs hold to support programs, such as the PTA, marching band or athletics.

There are no regulations governing what products and companies are chosen, but district officials want to impose rules to monitor quality control, much as they do for cafeteria food and items sold in bookstores and vending machines.

“We’re working on how we’re going to address that with principals and various organizational groups,” Binkle said.

No other suppliers on the district’s school cafeteria menu are affected by the recall.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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