Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I don't feel so bad about Ainsley not being able to eat school lunches ...

I know it's been a long time since I've posted. I was busy at work, then with Thanksgiving, and most importantly, with planning and going on our huge Disney trip, which we took last week. It was WONDERFUL, and I am currently working on a long post that describes our adventure, complete with pictures.

But for now, I wanted to post this disturbing news blip that I read this morning. It is an article that says the meat served at fast-food chains is from better-quality animals, and is the result of far higher testing standards, than the meat served in public schools. This makes me feel a little better about the fact that Ainsley won't be able to eat school lunches next year in kindergarten, and relieves some of my parental guilt about allowing her to eat about once a week at McDonald's and Wendy's (pretty much the only two restaurants I allow her to eat at, because their limited selection and use of dairy-free buns means it's a safe alternative to my cooking).


Kathleen said...

Do you feel safe eating at Wendy's and McDonald's with peanut/nut allergies?

Leigha said...

Yes, I do. I know there are nut products around the ice cream area, and thus the possibility of cross-contamination is there, but from my understanding there are workers specifically assigned to making hamburgers and sandwiches and they don't appear to go over toward the ice cream area. That, coupled with the fact that Ainsley has eaten their sandwiches many times and has never had a problem, has allowed me to feel comfortable having her eat there.

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