Minneapolis Public Schools’ Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services Bertrand Weber represented school districts from across the country at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship last week. The forum brought together key human and animal health groups involved in antibiotic stewardship, which is the development, promotion and implementation of activities to ensure the responsible use of antibiotics.
Speaking on behalf of MPS and School Food FOCUS, a national collaborative of 43 large school districts and partners that serves over 4 million children daily, Weber said, “Every day our schools work to bring more healthful, regionally sourced and sustainably produced foods to schools. FOCUS districts emphasize improving chicken, the protein served most often in schools. However, districts are challenged to find an affordable supply of “no antibiotic ever” poultry. FOCUS partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts to develop the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standard that they seek to have all large, mid-size and small poultry companies adopt.