Safe School Lunches

 

  1. Use the right style of lunch box. It is important to have an insulated lunchbox to keep perishable foods like sandwiches cold enough to prevent bacterial growth. It is tempting to buy a lunch box based on a TV show or character. Make a wise decision based on food safety and don’t be tempted to give in to a popular style just because your child prefers the look of a lunch box.
  2. Wash the lunch box and containers daily. Use hot sudsy water and rinse well. This is another way to prevent bacterial growth in a lunch.
  3. Tell your child to dispose of uneaten food. Bacteria can grow in that half a sandwich leftover from lunch that is eaten on the school bus ride home.
  4. Include hand sanitizer or wipes in the lunch. Make it easy for your child to eat with clean hands.

Following these tips won’t guarantee a safe lunch but will increase the odds your child does not become sick from food borne illness.

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