VA school district takes all-beef burgers off the menu

Twenty-six ingredient burger back on the menu after student complaints.

Oct. 7—During the 2011-12 school year, Real Food for Kids, a Fairfax-based advocacy group, counted the replacement of additive-filled hamburgers on school lunch menus with 100 percent beef patties as one of its signature achievements.

“We worked so hard, and we talk a lot about this burger and how we changed it,” said JoAnne Hammermaster, co-founder and president of RFFK, as the group is known.

But this fall, Fairfax County Public Schools put a version of the old burgers back on the menu, citing complaints from students who said the all-beef patties didn’t look or taste right.