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Fed up with lunch: How one teacher went undercover to expose state of the nation's school food
Daily Mail ^ | 10/10/11 | Wil Longbottom

Posted on 10/10/2011 1:02:37 PM PDT by Nachum

As a mother, the nutritional needs of her own son would always have been on her mind.

But for one woman, teaching in a Chicago elementary school brought home just how important meals were for growing children, and how badly they were being let down.

Sarah Wu, 34, a speech pathologist working in public schools in the city, began a blog in January 2010 in which she described the school lunch every day for a year.

She secretly photographed each meal, and then described the taste and texture of each dish for her site, Fed Up With Lunch.

In it, she reveals how a couple of bites of one peanut butter and jelly sandwich made her sick, describes eating 'mystery' meat patties and unknown reheated vegetables at her school.

Mrs Wu began her project after she bought a school lunch when she ran out of time to pack her own.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


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1 posted on 10/10/2011 1:02:46 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Wasn’t there a school (or was it a state?) that banned children from bringing their own food to eat since it may not be nearly as healthy as the food the school served? I wonder how that’s working out...


2 posted on 10/10/2011 1:07:56 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Nachum

Is it not the responsibility of parents to feed their children?


3 posted on 10/10/2011 1:09:20 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Nachum

When I was in school the mystery meat wasn’t in patties. It was served as meatloaf.

What could possibly constitute unknown mixed vegetables? Not possible to distinguish a pea, a piece of carrot, etc.?

The only thing I remember truly getting ill from was a batch of chili that had salmonella in it, in the fifth grade. I loved chili up to that point, but I couldn’t stand the sight of it (even at home) for years after that.


4 posted on 10/10/2011 1:09:23 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Nachum
Okay, listen. There is a very reasonable explanation for this. It's true that the Chicago School system is extremely well funded. But a lot of that money went to Arizona to block state legislation against illegal immigration, and much of the money went to New York to push for homosexual marriage, and most of the remainder of the money went straight to Barack Obama.

With the money that's left, they are trying their best to feed the kids. Maybe if we'd just tax the rich more, the schools could pursue their goals more successfully.

5 posted on 10/10/2011 1:09:31 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Maybe if we'd just tax the rich more, the schools could pursue their goals more successfully

I'm sure that is the solution outlined in her book.

6 posted on 10/10/2011 1:13:01 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (“Get ready for an aberration of historic proportions" .... Herman Cain)
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To: Nachum

Having bad flashbacks to school lunches now. Jimmy Carter bailed out the turkey farmers after an off year and we were served breaded, reconstituted turkey patties 3 days out of every 5 for a couple of years.


7 posted on 10/10/2011 1:13:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nachum
describes eating 'mystery' meat patties

Hey, when I was stationed at Ft. Devens in 1966, that's what Cookie used to give us for dinner 3 times/wk.
8 posted on 10/10/2011 1:15:34 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Nachum

Well yeah. Welcome to lowest bidder food. Eating school cafeteria food is each generation’s introduction to the idea of food as pleasureless sustenance, it tastes bad, it looks bad, it smells bad, but it will probably keep you alive until tomorrow’s lunch... probably.


9 posted on 10/10/2011 1:17:17 PM PDT by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: Nachum

So this is in Chicago? The pb&j made with graham crackers?

Isn’t this Michelle Obama’s neck of the woods? Could it be that she is just as much of a fraud as her husband? Masquerading as a ‘healthy lunch’ type of gal, forcing farms in the bankruptcy as she roils against the potato but yet, the minority children that she loves so much - in her back yard, no less- are most likely suffering from malnutrition, obesity and prediabetes from this slop.

Disgusting fraud. Fraud. Fraud. Fraud. With a big fat butt.


10 posted on 10/10/2011 1:18:15 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Nachum
Living south of Chicago, my grandkids reported public school lunches were often:
1. cold corn dogs
2. cold, frozen fish sticks
3. pizza so greasy they threw it away
4. stale, hard bread
 Only thing they could eat were usually the veggies & fruit out of the meal.
They are now in private school & we pack their lunches!

11 posted on 10/10/2011 1:18:40 PM PDT by blondee123 (Obama-The Wanna-be Dictator!)
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To: Nachum

If we tried to feed this to inmates, some bleeding heart would call it “cruel and unusual punishment”.


12 posted on 10/10/2011 1:20:44 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: Nachum
There is another side to this. In our high school district we used to have our own cooks. They would get their ingredients and concoct some pretty tasty dishes. These included fresh bakery items, fresh salads and appetizing dishes (mostly casseroles).

Later we switched over to a food service contractor and the lunches started looking like the ones in the article, prepacked and frozen. They underbid the district's own costs and eliminated about 20 jobs. They replaced these 20 employees with 20 food servers who in many cases couldn't speak English and were just shoveling the stuff around.

After I retired, the hue and cry from the employees and parents caused the high school distict to dump the food service and prepare their own meals again. Things are much better from what I hear.

13 posted on 10/10/2011 1:23:34 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: RC2
Is it not the responsibility of parents to feed their children?

But... what about those parents unable to feed their own children... isn't it our collective responsibility as a socially just country to ensure the rich are taxed heaviliy to pay for the meals of those downtrodden by fat cat Wall Street bankers?

14 posted on 10/10/2011 1:24:36 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Nachum

Never ate a school lunch. My mother always packed a sandwich, fruit and a drink. My favorite was when I got a bacon and lettuce sandwich. Something about sitting around for a few hours that made it taste extra good.


15 posted on 10/10/2011 1:26:02 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: MarineMom613

bm


16 posted on 10/10/2011 1:26:13 PM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: RC2
Is it not the responsibility of parents to feed their children?

That's my take on it.

17 posted on 10/10/2011 1:26:15 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: MarineMom613

bm


18 posted on 10/10/2011 1:26:27 PM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: Future Snake Eater

Was it Detroit?! I remember the story that all school children will be receiving free lunches and no one was allowed to bring food from home.


19 posted on 10/10/2011 1:27:09 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Nachum

I hear that Michelle serves up a lovely mushroom risotto...


20 posted on 10/10/2011 1:27:14 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Future Snake Eater
"Wasn’t there a school (or was it a state?) that banned children from bringing their own food to eat since it may not be nearly as healthy as the food the school served? I wonder how that’s working out..."

Doesn't matter. It is about power and control through conditioned dependency - not healthy eating.

21 posted on 10/10/2011 1:29:17 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: HiTech RedNeck

When I was in school, whenever the cafeteria food was Pizza, I used to say that the school couldn’t afford pepperoni so we got a “salt and cheeze” pizza. Even as a kid the salt was overwhelming.


22 posted on 10/10/2011 1:30:05 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Nachum

>>In it, she reveals how a couple of bites of one peanut butter and jelly sandwich made her sick, describes eating ‘mystery’ meat patties and unknown reheated vegetables at her school.

I’m sure she’s a “progressive” so if she gets the America that she and the Occupy Wall Street crowd want, we’ll all be eating mystery meat and unknown vegetables—when we can get them! Most of the time, we’ll be eating bread and rice with a tuber of some sort. Liberals are not just a political rival anymore. They are the enemy of the United States and should be treated as such. Muslim terrorists are just a distraction compared to the damage these people are causing.


23 posted on 10/10/2011 1:34:52 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (The solution to fix Congress: Nuke em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!)
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To: Nachum

This is what you get when you buy into the misanthropic idea that “It takes a village to raise a kid.” Too many believe the government should take over their responsibilities, from raising and teaching their children to giving them a no-work job at high pay. Be an adult and take on your own responsibilities, the rest of us are overloaded in our own lives!


24 posted on 10/10/2011 1:40:07 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: DTogo

I guess that my neighbor, which has a lot more money than I do, should be forced to bring grocery’s to my house so my kids can eat better? I don’t think he would go for that but I guess our government could force him to pay higher taxes so that would happen.


25 posted on 10/10/2011 1:45:35 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Nachum

Thanks!! Uh, did anyone notice the NEWSPAPER this was in?

The Daily Mail in the UK, NOT a Chicago or any American paper that I’ve heard about.


26 posted on 10/10/2011 1:47:51 PM PDT by wizr (If God isn't on your side, who is?)
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To: Nachum

My high school back in the 60s had grub cooked up by Mexican nuns. They made some awesome lunches.


27 posted on 10/10/2011 1:52:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Nachum
Wow, my Mom made me a sandwich every day for school. If I wanted something else from the cafeteria, I, get this, paid for it with my own money. And since they had to please actual customers, the cafeteria produced pretty decent food.

I know, it's an amazing concept.

28 posted on 10/10/2011 1:56:03 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Bad school lunches were my generation’s introduction to LIFE. Every piece of meat was a mystery as were all the vegetables. Then there were the awful technicolored jello desserts.

All of this was better than my mother’s health food lunches which consisted (everyday) of sandwiches made with whole wheat and greasy natural peanut butter. Yuck!


29 posted on 10/10/2011 1:57:02 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Nachum

I must confess to liking institional food. Probably junk but tasty. Burgers with yellow mustard and a white bun. A mound of Starched rice with butter and brown sugar. Oh, and apple crisp.


30 posted on 10/10/2011 2:00:22 PM PDT by Leep
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To: Nachum

1-I didn’t think it was possible for school lunches to get worse in 50 years, but they have.

2-Isn’t it ironic for a Brit publication to be criticizing anybody’s cooking?


31 posted on 10/10/2011 2:02:10 PM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Leep

I liked them, too!


32 posted on 10/10/2011 2:15:42 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Nachum

Another scam if investigated would find Graft and kick Backs for Garbage that is fed to the Kids. Another Government boondoggle costing taxpayers Billions for garbage.
But dont forget its for the Children


33 posted on 10/10/2011 2:18:25 PM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Nachum

IF you don’t like what they are feeding your little darling- get up 15 minutes earlier & make your little darling a PBJ sandwich & put it in a brown paper bag with an apple & a bottle of water.

End of your problem.

Quit making YOUR problem everyone’s problem.


34 posted on 10/10/2011 2:18:50 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: blondee123

My 13 year old grand daughter flat out refuses to eat school food and packs her lunch, while my 11 year old grand son doesn’t want a packed lunch ever. G/daughter won’t even buy the school’s milk, she packs a small bottle of water.


35 posted on 10/10/2011 2:21:28 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Citizen Cain is good enough for me! - "refermech")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

we were served breaded, reconstituted turkey patties


I remember that! They put gravy on it so we’d think it was chicken fried steak.


36 posted on 10/10/2011 2:23:15 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish? Or feed the fish?)
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To: DTogo

Reminds me of the factory in Atlas Shrugged which had everyone paying for dental work for employees children.

One kid was particularly hampered by her God-given dental work. The company was deducting more & more money from the employees to keep paying for this kid’s dental work.

Finally one employee goes berserk, quits the job & punches the kid’s dental work into the middle of the next week.


37 posted on 10/10/2011 2:25:02 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: nascarnation

Yes, and I love church lady food. Bet you could get that done if the schools were run by churches like they should be.


38 posted on 10/10/2011 2:25:46 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The road to hell is paved with plastic.)
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To: DTogo

If you cannot feed them-——DON’T breed them.


39 posted on 10/10/2011 2:26:10 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Nachum
When I was in Grade School (1st - 6th) the school closed for lunch and we all had to go home to eat.

In Junior High (7th - 9th) and High School (10th - 12th) the lunches were pretty good.

My High School allowed us off the school grounds for lunch so I mostly went to a nearby burger joint or hopped in a friend's car and went to Burger King.

We sent our children to a private school where the cook also had her own catering business. The food there was excellent.

40 posted on 10/10/2011 2:30:36 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: RC2
Is it not the responsibility of parents to feed educate their children?

Fixed. Get government out of schools.

42 posted on 10/10/2011 2:47:53 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Things are so bad now, Kenyans are saying Obama was born in the USA.)
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To: Nachum

I grew up on Long Island in the ‘sixties. I recall that in elementary school our lunches were actually very good. I remember them well particularly Friday’s lunch. On that day, fish was always served as a nod to the Roman Catholic population who did not eat meat on fridays. We had broiled filet of flounder with parsleyed potatoes and tartar sauce. I loved it. The fish was flaky and buttery and broiled!!! Other days we had American heroes which were balogna and cheese with lettuce on a hero roll. There was always carrot sticks, apple sauce, and often a big home made peanut butter cookie. We drank milk. The entire lunch cost 30 cents. The school had a cafeteria where the food was cooked. I also remember we had a version of “pizza” which I still enjoy today. You take an Italian bread portion sliced in half. On top of that you put homemade meat sauce and on top of that you shred cheddar cheese. You broil the sandwich until the cheese melts. It was really good and they served it with a salad. Now that was healthy. Why can’t they make things like that? I know it is a different world now, but if lunches are looking like the author experienced, then all kids should brown bag it. Have nutrition classes for parents and give out something free. They will come. Particularly if you offer some kind of reward at the end of the year. Schools are just not creative anymore. Too interested in what they are getting paid and what they will make in retirement.


43 posted on 10/10/2011 2:48:40 PM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: Nachum

I grew up on Long Island in the ‘sixties. I recall that in elementary school our lunches were actually very good. I remember them well particularly Friday’s lunch. On that day, fish was always served as a nod to the Roman Catholic population who did not eat meat on fridays. We had broiled filet of flounder with parsleyed potatoes and tartar sauce. I loved it. The fish was flaky and buttery and broiled!!! Other days we had American heroes which were balogna and cheese with lettuce on a hero roll. There was always carrot sticks, apple sauce, and often a big home made peanut butter cookie. We drank milk. The entire lunch cost 30 cents. The school had a cafeteria where the food was cooked. I also remember we had a version of “pizza” which I still enjoy today. You take an Italian bread portion sliced in half. On top of that you put homemade meat sauce and on top of that you shred cheddar cheese. You broil the sandwich until the cheese melts. It was really good and they served it with a salad. Now that was healthy. Why can’t they make things like that? I know it is a different world now, but if lunches are looking like the author experienced, then all kids should brown bag it. Have nutrition classes for parents and give out something free. They will come. Particularly if you offer some kind of reward at the end of the year. Schools are just not creative anymore. Too interested in what they are getting paid and what they will make in retirement.


44 posted on 10/10/2011 2:52:22 PM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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To: Nachum
I recall a CBS Sunday Morning segment on school lunch food in France and the extraordinary effort they take to plan, prepare and serve school lunches. The cost of the meal is $5-6 in Paris and less than half that in smaller cities and towns. Meals are prepared by trained, highly qualified chefs. Worth a watch here.
45 posted on 10/10/2011 3:00:07 PM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: pfflier

I was just talking to my 11 yr old granddaughter about this the other day.
Same for me, when I was in school everything was prepared and cooked by a kitchen staff. We had great food. The desserts were to die for.
At my granddaughters school everything is prepackaged and frozen. All the staff does is heat it up and serve it.
My granddaughter refuses to eat hot lunch and takes her own everyday.


46 posted on 10/10/2011 3:06:54 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sueuprising
I remember them well particularly Friday’s lunch.

In the Catholic high school that I graduated from back in '62, the cafeteria always served fish sticks on Friday. So, we'd all head down the hill to the local greasy fish & chip place.

There, we were waited on by the proprietor, "Bud", a retired Navy man (looked Frank DiFazio from "Laverne and Shirley", and always had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Bud also swore like the sailor that he was, although he tried to curb the real bad words in front of us good Catholic kids - LOL.

He served up the fish & chips in a brown paper sack, soaked with grease. Delicious, although we sometimes had to brush off the cigarette ashes!

47 posted on 10/10/2011 3:21:15 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: Future Snake Eater

***Wasn’t there a school (or was it a state?) that banned children from bringing their own food to eat ****

They have just started that at our local school in Arkansas.


48 posted on 10/10/2011 3:45:05 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: sueuprising

“I grew up on Long Island in the ‘sixties.”

Ditto.

“I recall that in elementary school our lunches were actually very good.”

Ditto


49 posted on 10/10/2011 3:46:35 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Nachum

I grew up on Long Island in the ‘sixties. I recall that in elementary school our lunches were actually very good. I remember them well particularly Friday’s lunch. On that day, fish was always served as a nod to the Roman Catholic population who did not eat meat on fridays. We had broiled filet of flounder with parsleyed potatoes and tartar sauce. I loved it. The fish was flaky and buttery and broiled!!! Other days we had American heroes which were balogna and cheese with lettuce on a hero roll. There was always carrot sticks, apple sauce, and often a big home made peanut butter cookie. We drank milk. The entire lunch cost 30 cents. The school had a cafeteria where the food was cooked. I also remember we had a version of “pizza” which I still enjoy today. You take an Italian bread portion sliced in half. On top of that you put homemade meat sauce and on top of that you shred cheddar cheese. You broil the sandwich until the cheese melts. It was really good and they served it with a salad. Now that was healthy. Why can’t they make things like that? I know it is a different world now, but if lunches are looking like the author experienced, then all kids should brown bag it. Have nutrition classes for parents and give out something free. They will come. Particularly if you offer some kind of reward at the end of the year. Schools are just not creative anymore. Too interested in what they are getting paid and what they will make in retirement.


50 posted on 10/10/2011 6:03:30 PM PDT by sueuprising (The best of it is, God is with us-John Wesley)
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