Nfld. & Labrador

Memorial University's dining hall meals under 'rigorous' review

Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University is vowing to take the necessary steps to ensure the food served at its main dining hall on the St. John's campus is up to par.
A mouldy lemon served with mussels, nearly-raw pork chops and a fly in a taco are just some of the incidents of inedible food served at Memorial University's dining hall being reported by students. (CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador's Memorial University is vowing to take the necessary steps to ensure the food served at its main dining hall on the St. John's campus is up to par. 

Photos of mouldy lemons, uncooked pork chops and a taco with a side of dead fly popped up on social media from unhappy students over the past several days.

The food quality prompted students to post on the MUN Dining Services Facebook page and other social media sites about their experiences with the dining hall.

One student compiled a list of complaints in an Imgur post.

Mandatory meal plans for university students living in residence at the St. John's campus cost more than $2,000 per semester.

The service is provided by Aramark, a company best known for providing food service in American prisons and schools.

In a statement released Wednesday, MUN said it is working with Aramark to follow up on the concerns.  

"A rigorous food safety assessment is underway, in tandem with daily food quality tests, and we have requested an additional food safety inspection from the province’s Department of Health and Community Services," the statement said.

In addition to checking up on the food quality, the university said it is working with student representatives, Aramark and administration to open the lines of communication, so that it allows "us to respond to concerns in a timely manner."

The university also encouraged students to speak with a manager on duty at the dining hall if they have concerns about their meals.

"We take student concerns very seriously, and are committed to rectifying these issues," the statement read.

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