New Jersey school district wants answers after preschoolers served "milk boxes" filled with chemical cleaner

Kristen Walters

Yesterday, New Jersey preschool and kindergarten students were given "milk boxes" filled with a chemical cleaning agent. Now, the school district and concerned parents are looking for answers.

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Milk is an everyday snack-time staple at many preschools and elementary schools. However, yesterday, school officials at one New Jersey elementary school were surprised when they discovered that the "milk boxes" they were serving to their students contained a chemical cleaning agent instead of milk.

Dozens of students from the Early Childhood Development Center in Camden were taken to the hospital yesterday following the discovery as a precautionary measure. The School District does not know how many students were exposed to the chemical agent, but no serious injuries have been reported so far.

The foreign substance found in the milk containers is believed to be a chemical sanitizing agent that is used to clean the milk processing machines at the plant where the milk is packaged and prepared for distribution. According to reports, the chemical is allegedly non-toxic.

The Camden School District is currently investigating to find out how and why this happened. It is not clear why the milk cartons were filled with a sanitizer, but it may be due to a breakdown in the quality control processes at the milk packaging plant.

The School District told local reporters that they had thrown out all of the milk cartons believed to be contaminated. They will not be serving milk to their students until the ongoing investigation is complete.

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