Last Week’s Friday Focaccia drew a reply from the folks at Z Trim in the comments(go to the post to view their entire letter, I am not going to quote the entire thing here since it is longer than my original post). I guess they are being very protective and scouring the web for anybody speaking about them. Unfortunately though, I think they were a bit defensive and actually missed my point. In their comments they state.
Plum Borough School Districtâ€™s Food Service Department diligently seeks ways to provide students with healthy food choices while enhancing nutritional integrity and taste. Z Trim offers the district an opportunity to facilitate these practices without compromising student safety or taste.
I find the goal laudable, improving the nutrition and healthy choices is most certainly a good thing. There is no doubt about that. However, my issue with what they did at the Plum Borough School District was due to the fact that they took it upon themselves to not inform anybody of the fact that they were doing this until 10 months after the fact. In essence turning the students into their own private test subjects, unbeknownst to students and parents alike.
I will readily admit, that based on the information they provide in the comment, as well as what you can find on the Z Trim Website, it sounds like a good thing. However, as they go on to say,
We understand there are some skeptics afoot who have not tried it and may not buy-in immediately, but that is to be expected with any breakthrough.
And I don’t think that is unfair. We have all seen plenty of “breakthrough” products that were later determined to be less of a panacea than originally thought. So, if somebody chooses to be skeptical I think it is fair enough to allow them to make that choice for themselves, or in this case for their kids.
I have not beef with Z Trim. It may well be an excellent product. But I will stand by opinion that it is a bad precedent to set, to start using students as test subjects without express written consent from the parents. Regardless of how wonderful the school administration may believe the goals or products are, it is not their place to make that decision on behalf of the parent.