Union wins "right" to eat expired food

Employees may eat expired food for free at their own risk.

June 12—Union workers in the Sharpsville (Pa.) Area School District cafeteria were the victors in a dispute with the school about eating expired food at no charge.

The grievance was based on the allegation that the school district “violated established past practice” in charging cafeteria workers for food or drinks that couldn’t be sold or consumed by students. These items would include food or drinks with expired dates or foods that had been reheated, none of which can be served to students according to safe food regulations.

But according to the settlement, cafeteria employees indeed can eat and drink those expired or reheated items – at their own risk. And they don’t have to pay for them.