Worms in broccoli at North Carolina college prompt inquiry

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WALTHAM ABBEY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 06: Trays of broccoli await collection from Sainsbury’s Waltham Point distribution depot on December 6, 2011 in Waltham Abbey, England. The depot is the largest of 23 operated by Sainsbury’s to service their stores. 1200 people work in the 700,000 square foot building which makes over 1800 deliveries a week to the 83 stores in the London, Hertfordshire and Essex region. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

WINGATE, N.C. (AP) — Students at a North Carolina university say their dining hall is serving them undercooked food and broccoli filled with worms.

News outlets report several students at Wingate University complained about the dining hall food, prompting the Union County Health Department to investigate.

A report from the department says students complained about undercooked food and one student said she saw cafeteria staff drop a cheeseburger on the floor, pick it up and serve it to a student.

The department says a Sept. 5 investigation uncovered more worms in the broccoli, forcing the dining hall vendor, Aramark food service provider, to pull the vegetable.

WSOC-TV reports the university sent a letter to parents saying Aramark was making changes including additional washing of produce, increasing staff and hiring a new general manager.

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