Outrage over picture showing primary school meal “not fit for a dog”


A WOMAN has posted a shocking image of a disgusting dinner served up to children at a Scottish primary.

The photograph show two barely cooked sausages and two lumps of boiled potato next to an unidentified “dessert”.

The meal was photographed at St Pius Primary, Dundee, and posted to social media by Gemz OG.

Dundee City Council Last Friday  confirmed they were in discussion with their contractors about the image.

The photograph show two barely cooked sausages and two lumps of boiled potato next to an unidentified “dessert”.

Gemz OG posted: “Not even joking this is the sh** St Pius primary school is dishing out too the kids.”

Referring to the pupil who received the meal, she added: “It’s no wonder she asks for money every single day to go to shops with her pals.

“She is certainly not eating that.

“Packed lunches as of now.”

In later discussion with other Facebook users, she added: “Thanks guys it’s a f****** disgrace putting that s*** down to hungry/growing children.

“I honestly wouldn’t give that too my dog.

“A complaint has been put forward to Tayside Contracts and fingers crossed they get this sorted as I for one do not have money to give her daily for the shops, but as of now it will most definitely be packed lunch (made by me).”

Gemz OG also posted correspondence with city councillor Christina Roberts.

A screenshot shows Cllr Roberts replying: “I’ve passed your complaint to Tayside Contracts and will get back to you when I get a report back. They supply the food to the schools and cooks in the school.”

On social media, Charlene Taylor wrote: “Some poor kids are starving and that s*** is probably all they’re getting. I honestly can’t believe they’re putting that down to kids in this day and age.”

Leanne Carty said: “No wonder my kids come in from school everyday saying they are starving. I wouldn’t eat that s*** if that was put in front of me.”

Paul Blackley commented: “That’s not food. Whoever supplies this so called food should be shut down and the council should be ashamed for letting this go unnoticed. Disgrace.”

Caisey Gowans wrote: “Gemz OG am I still going packed lunch? Defo not eating that.”

Angie Dundee FC McLaughlan said: “Omg this is disgusting. No wonder loads of kids come out starving. I’m going to share this Gemz OG.”

Kerry Simpson wrote: “Oh my I can’t believe an adult would actually serve that out to anyone. They sausages look raw . That’s not even a meal, I’m shocked. So glad Kaydyn goes to pack lunch. I’d take this further and get in to speak to the head teacher too.”

Damo Sykes added: “Looks like prison food.”

A spokeswoman for Dundee City Council confirmed the picture was genuine said: “We are in discussions with Tayside Contracts about this.”

A spokeswoman for Tayside Contracts said: “Our menus and recipes are produced by a dedicated menu development team and involve a consultation process which includes pupils and other key stakeholders.

“Pupils choose which elements of this meal are put on their particular plate.

Our sausages and burgers are made to a bespoke specification by our butcher and are reduced fat and salt to ensure they are a healthier option to reflect the requirements of the Scottish Government.

“Tayside Contracts quality management system is designed to ensure a high quality meal is produced across the school meals service.

“If there are issues with meals identified, these are fully investigated and resolved.”

This is not the first time Tayside Contracts have been accused of serving food of poor quality at schools.

Dundee City Council confirmed they were in discussion with their contractors about the image.

In March, parents of pupils at Ancrum Road Primary School, Dundee, complained after a photo emerged of a severely burnt sausage roll, and what was claimed to be cold beans, served as a school meal.

An investigation by Tayside Contracts found the poor quality was down to “human error” and that disciplinary action would be taken.

In June, a leading food expert criticised Scottish schools for making a mockery of efforts to curb childhood obesity, after reports showed more than half of schools were failing to meet standards for school meals.

Wendy Wills, Professor of Food and Public Health at the University of Hertfordshire, said that despite strict nutritional guidelines, schools were still serving up deep-fried food and large quantities of processed meat.

It was reported around the same time that Education Secretary, John Swinney, launched a consultation on school food and nutrition.

This coincided with First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon teaming up with Jamie Oliver to reveal targets to cut child obesity in Scotland by half by 2030.

In 2012, it was reported that the UK government was spending 30% more on prisoners’ meals south of the border than school children’s dinners.

Lunch in jail was reported to have costed taxpayers 88p per prisoner at the time, according to government figures. But primary school children were fed for just 67p.

There has been a conscious effort by food campaigners such as Jamie Oliver to improve the quality of school meals in recent years.

Oliver’s country-wide campaign ultimately led to the introduction of tough nutritional guidelines that school’s must adhere to.

Oliver later said this campaign to improve school children’s diets partly failed because eating well was considered a posh or middle-class concern.

Jade Taylor today told how her daughter, Alysha, 11, was so appalled by meals at St Pius she also took pictures to bring home as proof.

Jade, 31, from Dundee, admitted that she had not believed her daughter’s account of the dismal food they were getting for £2.10 a day, believing she was being a “drama queen”.

Alysha’s snap shows her own which again contains a barely cooked sausage and blobs of boiled potato.

Jade said she thought her daughter was being a “drama queen” until she came home with pictures of the food to prove how awful it was.

Jade said: “I never expected it to be anything like that.

“I thought she was being a drama queen at first and there was no way it could be that bad.

“She had obviously been complaining for some time.

“I said to her ‘why don’t you try and get a picture?’ and she said she would get in trouble if she got caught taking photos or using her phone.

“But she took photos and that what she came back with.

“I was fuming. There is no need for it.

“The gravy looks like dirty water, the custard looks absolutely disgusting, none of the other things look like they’re anything.

“And that’s £2.10 a day I’m paying for that.”

Jade added: “I’m not happy about it at all.

“I’m disgusted.

“I couldn’t believe it when she came to me with those pictures.

“This is the quality of the school meals in Dundee.”