Chicken oozing red goo served to NYC public school students, jury hears
New York City public school students were served chicken drumsticks and tenders with a thick red liquid oozing out and pieces of metal in them, a federal jury heard on Monday. The gross food was supplied by Texas-based meat supplier Somma Foods, and allegedly green-lit by Eric Goldstein, the former head of the Department of Education’s Office of School Support Services, in exchange for bribes from Somma’s owners. Goldstein is now on trial, charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery, as well as an additional charge of extortion. Jurors were shown stomach-churning photos of the tainted food, causing some to wince and avert their eyes. The trial continues.
What was in the tainted chicken served to New York City public school students?
The chicken drumsticks and tenders contained a thick-red liquid oozing out and pieces of metal.
Who supplied the tainted chicken?
Texas-based meat supplier Somma Foods supplied the chicken.
Why was the tainted chicken served to students?
The food was allegedly green-lit by Eric Goldstein, the former head of the Department of Education’s Office of School Support Services, in exchange for bribes from Somma’s owners.
Who is on trial for serving the tainted food?
Eric Goldstein, as well as Somma owners Brian Twomey, Michael Turley and Blaine Iler, are all on trial for conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery. Goldstein also faces an additional charge of extortion.
What charges could the defendants face if convicted?
Each defendant could face up to 20 years in prison.
NYC School Students Served Chicken with Red Goo, Reveals Jury
A former Department of Education official is on trial for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye to health violations in New York City public schools. During the trial, a Brooklyn federal jury was shown stomach-churning photos of chicken tenders and drumsticks filled with thick-red liquid and metal pieces, served to students in 2016 by Texas-based supplier Somma Foods. The former head of the DOE’s Office of School Support Services, Eric Goldstein, allegedly approved the contaminated food in exchange for bribes from Somma’s owners. Despite incidents that raised alarm, including bones and plastics found in chicken, the potentially dangerous tenders stayed on school menus, and supply chain manager Debra Ascher was sidelined after raising concerns. The defendants, including Somma’s owners and Goldstein himself, face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.