A furious dad has lashed out after his son was served a “disgusting” grey burger at his school.
David Rutherford was far from impressed at the standard of meal given to the schoolboy – and now says neither of his sons will be eating school meals again.
Mr Rutherford, 47, posted the picture on Perth and Kinross Council’s Facebook page, demanding to know if council staff would want to eat it.
Hundreds of parents reacted to the picture to register their disgust, with some describing it as “revolting”, “shocking” and “a disgrace”, the Daily Record reports .
Tayside Contracts, which is responsible for serving food, has apologised for serving the burger, but defended the patty’s colour.
Mr Rutherford said: “We have lost all faith in sending our kids to school for lunch.
“We will be giving them packed lunches or have them come home now, because that is gross.
“We are disgusted – we expect them to get food as good as what they get at home.
“You can understand why the kids go to the chip shop or the bakers with that, it is gross beyond belief.”
David, who is a general manager in the food industry, said his son had previously complained about the school dinners, but he had dismissed the claims as him being “fussy”.
He continued: “We know he likes his chicken so it was very strange to hear him say he didn’t want to eat it.
“We just thought he was being fussy.
“But when we saw that image we thought ‘no wonder he doesn’t eat it’.
“If that was served to you in a restaurant you would take it back, I can’t let my son eat that.
“We are not expecting them to get a gourmet meal, but that is completely wrong.”
Tayside Contracts is responsible for catering in the region’s schools.
Carol Haxton, facilities business manager at Tayside Contracts, said: “Tayside Contracts produces over six million high quality school meals per year and our quality management systems and the skill levels of our cooks stand comparison with the very best.
“However, on this occasion we clearly fell short of the high standards which we demand of ourselves and for which we are extremely sorry.
“There is no doubt that the burger served on this occasion did not look appetising and the portion size was small.
“My initial investigations have established that this was a product issue rather than any failure of our staff at Blairgowrie High School.”
However, Ms Haxton said the colour of the burger is what pupils should expect from a school turkey burger.
She continued: “As for other comments regarding the colour of the burger, it is important to recognise that this was a turkey burger and not a beef burger and the colour was as you would expect of a white meat burger.
“Comment has also been passed regarding the apparent lack of accompaniments available to have with the burger.
“However, I can confirm the option of salad, sauces and relishes were all available.
“Pupil choice is central to Tayside Contracts’ school catering service and the pupil feedback we have received over a number of years displays a clear preference for accompaniments to be available separately rather than served with the food.
“Tayside Contracts will learn from this issue and openly encourages pupils’ feedback – whether positive or negative – as this is fundamental to fulfilling our commitment to continuous improvement of our catering services.”
Cllr Caroline Shiers, convener of lifelong learning at Perth and Kinross Council and councillor for Blairgowrie and Glens, said: “I was concerned to see the Facebook post from a parent of a pupil and raised the issue immediately with officers at Perth and Kinross Council who work with Tayside Contracts who provide the school meals.
“I then spoke with Tayside Contracts and received assurances that they were addressing the issue.
“The quality of school meals both nutritionally and in terms of the attractiveness of the finished product served up to our children and young people is of great importance and any complaints are taken very seriously and any measures needed put in place to address quality control.
“It is clear from the photos I have seen that this particular meal did not look anywhere near what we would expect.
“I have lunch in schools whenever I can so that I can see for myself the meals served.
“It is also interesting chatting with children who are always very forthcoming about the food they get and I always pass on any comments.