Education seeking milk supplier
Published: March 16, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - With the closure of St. Thomas Dairies last week, the V.I. Education Department has been looking for alternative sources of milk for school students.
According to a statement issued by the Education Department, the leftover milk from St. Thomas Dairies was only expected to last until the middle of March - although no exact date was specified. After that, the schools will be switching to low-fat Ultra High Temperature milk.
The UHT milk will be purchased from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
UHT milk has a six-month shelf life and will be stored at the School Food Authority warehouses in each school district.
While schools are required to offer fat-free and low-fat milk options, as mandated by the territory's meal pattern requirements, a request has been sent to the USDA to allow for the schools to serve only low-fat milk.
Vendors will be able to make a bid for the 2013-2014 school year's milk requirement, according to the statement.