This story has been revised to correct the number of universities served and to clarify the relationship between Sodexo corporate and the Tarleton Sodexo franchise
By MiKayla Taylor —
Food service provider Sodexo received an “F” rating for quality of food and nutritional value from a nutrition website.
The website, www.isitbadforyou.com, provides information about nutrition in items at the grocery store, fast food chains and public eateries.
“Sodexo is not healthy,” the website said in releasing the rating. “They are a mass-produced food service company with great marketing. The food may sound healthy, but it is heavily processed and high in carbohydrates, fat, and chemicals.”
The website rating was for all of Sodexo and not specifically for Tarleton’s Sodexo franchise.
Sodexo serves more than 15 million consumers at 13,000 client sites, including hospitals, prisons, and universities, according to its website. Sodexo provides over 850 universities and colleges with food services.
Kimberly Miller, general manager of Tarleton’s dining services, said Sodexo “strives to offer our students a variety of healthy options.”
“But if there is an issue, we are always willing to listen and make changes if students want to see something new or if they aren’t enjoying something,” Miller added.
She pointed out that Sodexo makes its food fresh daily.
Last year Tarleton Sodexo received a 93.5 score out of a possible 100 on a dining hall inspection by Eco Sure, which conducted the internal food safety audit.
Kevin Dicey, manager of Sodexo in the United States, said in an interview with the student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, that the basis for the rating story was school lunch programs, not university dining programs.
He added that Sodexo provides a “diverse menu” to university students and that student surveys indicate they are “happy” with the food.
At least nine boycotts have occurred on college campuses “for alleged low employee pay and unethical treatment of workers, former investment in private prisons, and lack of local food options,” www.isitbadforyou.com reported.