Food Safety Tips for School Lunches to Prevent Food Poisoning

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Harmful bacteria can grow in places that you least expect, like the school lunch bag that you have so carefully and lovingly packed for your child.

Harmful bacteria can grow in places that you least expect, like the school lunch bag that you have so carefully and lovingly packed for your child. According to experts, unsanitary and unhygienic conditions in a school lunch bag can contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria that can even lead to food poisoning.

Experts recommend that the safest way to carry food hygienically to school is to place the lunchbox in an insulated vinyl lunch bag. Any bacteria that accumulate in a child’s lunch bag for a very long time can transfer to the lunchbox and the food inside.

According to experts, while packing a school lunch, you must also take into account the perishability of the food that you’re packing. Some foods can remain at room temperature for a maximum of two hours. In the summer, the maximum amount of time that food can be kept out reduces to one hour, because of the heat.

In order to make sure that your child’s lunch is packed hygienically, consider using disposable sandwich bags. You can also use reusable plastic bags that are dishwasher- safe.

As much as possible, try to pack foods that are nonperishable, and do not have a high contamination risk. For instance, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a very good option for children, because they do not spoil, even when they are kept in a child’s lunch box for a few hours. Single- serve fruit that is packaged well is a very safe option.

If the child is taking meat sandwiches to school, consider packing the ingredients separately, so that he can make his own sandwich in school. This would work for an older child. For instance you can keep meats and cheese in one container, and keep another container for the breads.

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