New Mexico parents claim students were served rotten lunches

FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Some parents from Belen Family School in New Mexico said their children were served rotten meat last week.

“I can’t even believe they tried to serve those,” said parent, Tino Landavazo.

Parents KRQE News 13 spoke with, including Landavazo, said their kids insisted the meat was slimy and spoiled.

“They even said it looked like blue,” said Landavazo. “There were blue spots on the roast beef.”

While parents said not all the students ate the meal, Landavazo’s son did.

“He ate the roast beef,” said Landavazo. “He went to the playground and he got sick after lunch.”

We spoke to the superintendent of Belen Consolidated Schools. He said when the complaints poured in, they immediately served the students something else.

The superintendent said the food was then sent to the district’s Student Nutrition Services for inspection, where many staff members even tried the sandwich. He said they concluded it was good and not rotten.

“I don’t think they were testing the same sandwiches that was served to our kids,” said Landavazo.

But Parents are sticking to their story, saying it was a foul find.

“I would think that anybody would see that sandwich and not choose to eat it,” said Landavazo.

Parents said their school doesn’t have its own cafeteria and the food is transported from another school. They said they’re used to getting less than desirable lunches, but this was the worst.

Belen Consolidated Schools said they check all their food before it’s given to students. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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