Kevin Frei, the former junior/senior high school head cook at Potter-Dix school district, added kangaroo meat to a chili served for lunch on Oct. 10, according to a Wednesday letter from district superintendent Mike Williams.
When later confronted about the decision to serve the exotic meat mixed with beef, Frei said he used kangaroo meat for its nutritional value. It’s a very lean meat, Frei told Williams, according to the letter.
Williams said in the letter that he doesn’t believe the meat was dangerous and that it was subject to proper government standards.
However, the decision to eat exotic meat should be made by families, not schools, he wrote. Williams also wrote that food containing any unusual ingredients should be clearly labeled.
“On behalf of Potter-Dix Public Schools, I apologize for the anxiety and any harm that this has caused individual students and/or families. We will make sure that something like this never occurs again,” he wrote.
On Thursday, Williams said that Frei no longer works for the district, the Associated Press and NBC Nebraska report.
Kangaroo meat has been championed by some for its taste, nutrition and environmental benefits, according to a 2013 BBC report. Proponents say it compares favorably with beef or pork.
Williams’ letter says that Frei repeatedly provided documentation about the nutritional quality of Kangaroo meat.