UWL responds to student’s viral TikTok video showing quarantine meal

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT)– The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is responding to a TikTok video made by a student in the quarantine dorm who questioned why they were served food nearly two weeks old. The video has been viewed more than 170,000 times.

In the video, user Jakewienke7 opens a package of beef stroganoff and questions the quality of the food. He then compares it to dog food.

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Jakewienke7 then shows the label from the package that says Aug.30. The video was posted on Sept. 10. The label does not say when to use by.

“That means its been in a fridge for like two weeks. Two weeks and they just give it to us now. That’s terrible,” said user jakewieneke7, in the video.

In an email to students, the Student Association confirmed the video was posted on TikTok by a UWL student. It said the food appeared to be “expired and inedible.”

It said they had similar concerns as others after watching the video. However, upon further review, officials found the first meal in quarantine is often a frozen meal. The email said, “University Dining Services has been preparing frozen meals in surplus ahead of time, knowing that there would be a possibility that students would have to quarantine in Wentz Hall and need food as soon as they moved into the facility.

The university said the date that was marked on the meal provided to the student was when it was made and frozen. It is not the expiration date.

“The food appeared to be physically unappealing because it was freezer burned, not unsafe to eat,” the email said.