The president of a Philadelphia company that supplies food to school cafeterias said yesterday that it was "purely accidental" that a rat choked to death on a cracker supplied by his firm.
In an experiment similar to those performed often in other schools, sixth graders at Harrison Elementary School recently fed one rat junk food and another food from the school cafeteria to observe the effects of the different diets. On Thursday the rat eating the cafeteria food died.
"In all these years of providing this program at no extra cost to school systems, we have never lost a rat," said Richard Levin, president of Blue Ribbon Services, which has sponsored similar experiments at Harrison and other schools over the last three years. "The loss was purely accidental," he said in a press statement issued yesterday.