UPDATE: Nebraska students served chili with kangaroo meat, district says

Published: Oct. 17, 2018 at 9:38 PM CDT
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Update 10/18/18 9:26p

The Potter-Dix Public Schools Superintendent Mike Williams declined an interview but told NBC Nebraska the district has fired the cook who admitted to putting the kangaroo meat inside the meal. It was contained to just the one meal.

Original Story: 10/17/18

Students at a junior and senior high school in the Nebraska Panhandle were served chili with kangaroo meat mixed with beef, according to a release from Potter-Dix Public Schools.

Head Cook Kevin Frei said he added the kangaroo meat because of it’s nutritional value as a very lean meat. He shared the nutritional information with Superintendent Mike Williams after it was revealed the ingredient was added into the school’s chili.

“If a family wants to eat exotic foods, they can do so on their own time – not at school,” Williams said. “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. We will no way be serving food of this nature again. Period.”

The Potter site is taking this situation very seriously. School officials do not believe kangaroo meat is unhealthy or dangerous and it meets USDA standards in order for companies to sell it, but Williams says it will not be a part of the Potter-Dix meal program.

“On behalf of Potter-Dix Public Schools, I apologize for the anxiety and any harm that this has caused individual students and/or families,” Williams said. “We will make sure that something like this never occurs again.”

Potter-Dix High School is located in Potter, Neb., which is 19 miles west of Sidney.

The school did not comment on the job status of Frei or if any disciplinary actions were taken. The release did not include where the kangaroo meat was purchased from.