ELK GROVE, Calif. -- Elk Grove Unified School District says it will stop serving food with peanuts to protect students with allergies starting Friday, Aug. 2.
This move by the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is overshadowed by the death of Natalie Giorgi at Camp Sacramento a few days ago.
The 13-year-old ate a snack with peanut butter and was given three epi pens but was still not able to be saved. The issues was actually brought to the school district a few weeks ago by a concerned parent.
Susan Dorosko, whose first grade daughter has a severe allergy, tells News10 she asked the school district "Why they would serve peanut butter? You know doesn't it seem risky?"
The School District late yesterday issued a statement saying that "The District takes food allergies very seriously and "as of this Friday all food containing peanut products will not be served in its elementary schools."
Anne Gafnee is a nutritionist for Elk Grove Unified and said that the school district already had four schools that did not serve peanut butter because of allergies and now they're just expanding it out to the others. There are no plans to remove peanut products from secondary schools.
Sacramento Unified and San Juan Unified put bans in place years ago, but officials in Elk Grove say students have always been safe, parents fill out forms and health plans were put into place for emergencies.