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Marley Drink, Chartwells Manager Removed From Holmdel School District

The school district released a statement Monday saying that an investigation is ongoing.

Marley's Mellow Mood drinks were yanked from the cafeteria in Satz and Holmdel High School following action taken by the Holmdel School District and school food vendor Chartwells on Monday.

In addition, the on-site manager for Chartwells has been removed from the job pending further investigation, said Nancy Quinn, a regional vice-president for the school's Pennsylvania-based company. 

Superintendent Barbara Duncan was not available for interviews on Monday, but through a written statement distributed by her office she said that she first learned of children becoming ill after drinking Marley's Mellow Mood drink on Friday, when contacted by Satz School Principal Arthur Howard. 

"We called for an immediate and thorough investigation by Chartwells," she said. "Chartwells cooperated with our request, reacted quickly and identified the issues at hand. We were informed that Marley’s was a new product that did not go through the approval process required for all new products."

Chartwells is investigating the incident, and said it was not a product authorized for sale in schools managed by the company. 

"The product in question has been removed from schools completely and will not be available," said Quinn.

"We sincerely regret that this product was sold and that students had an adverse reaction to it. Chartwells takes great pride and care in partnering with our school communities to provide the best school dining experience possible and we take this situation very seriously," she said. 

An article on Holmdel-Hazlet Patch posted early Sunday by Local Voices contributor and Holmdel parent Felicia Stoler, a Registered Dietician, has drawn dozen of comments from people in the community, some of them parents of children who drank the anti-energy beverage at lunchtime and suffered ill effects. 

tootsie December 04, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Laura Blasucci, Dir. of Dining is the name that comes up on school website. Also, these drinks are not listed on any of the menus in the schools.
Dee Dee December 04, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I love how all the parents are up in arms. Can you all explain why we see your kids walking around with the Monster Energy drinks or Red Bull, both have been known to cause ill effects on kids as well as death. During the investigation, you will find that the computerized lunch system will show how many kids bought the drinks and how many they had. You will find that a lot of people are just jumping on the band wagon. Also it will show the number of cans actually brought into the school. As for changing your lunch system, go for it. The other one out there approved for the state does suck. Also they will not the food selection they get now. Check out the other school menus and see what they are being offered compared to your schools. Stop jumping and ask the right questions, then determine if something big is wrong.
Eve December 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
"Food Selection"? You must be kidding... Funnel cakes and corn dogs? Or will the kids lose the incredible privilege of paying $4.25 for a Boars Head sandwich? No, thank you. I know what other schools are offering, and a lot of those offerings look way better than ours.
bud December 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Where can I buy Marley Mellow? I want to try some on my girlfriend!!!!
Robert H January 30, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Jan 30 BOE meeting will discuss the report on Chartwell and the districts investigation into the incident.


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