Razor blades reportedly found in school food scraps given to pig farmer

2013-09-10T20:00:00Z 2013-09-10T20:28:22Z Razor blades reportedly found in school food scraps given to pig farmerStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 10, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | A Michigan City area woman is keeping an eye on her pigs after noticing razor blades in the food scraps from a school that she feeds them.

Ruth Lee said she brings home daily several large bags of food leftover from lunch at Michigan City High School to feed the five pigs on her farm in the 2300 block of West 850 North.

On Monday, she said the pigs had eaten almost all of the school's leftover food when she saw two razor blades in the small amount of scraps still left to be consumed by her fast eating pigs.

Not knowing if any blades were ingested, she filed a report with the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office in case any of the pigs became sick or died.

Lee said Tuesday none of her pigs were showing any signs of ingesting a sharp object but will check on their well-beingĀ over the next several days as their food moves through their systems.

"IĀ haven't seen any blood or anything unusual yet," she said.

Lee also picks out biscuits and other bread items from the many heavy scrap bags of food she takes home to feed the 17 horses on her farm.

Michigan City Area Schools spokesperson Betsy Kohn said the blades were probably from box cutters used in ripping open boxes containing food and other cafeteria supplies

She said it appears one of the employees mistakenly discarded the blades into the container that holds the scraps reserved for Lee instead of a regular trash container.

"That's the theory on what happened," said Kohn.

Kohn said Lee has been part of a "green movement" that began four years ago, in which the schools endeavor to recycle anything possible to reduce the cost of leasing dumpsters and reducing flows into landfills.

"We're trying to do something green for the whole world," said Lee.

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