This school year don’t be the reason your kids are getting sick. A new study according to the Journal of Pediatrics claims that only 1% of lunches brought from home are kept at a safe temperature in school.
By lunchtime, your kids’ food is probably room temperature and is at risk of contamination. Cold lunches should be kept at less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and warm food at over 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When not kept at a safe temperature, it could cause vomiting and diarrhea, which might have a kid going home “sick” – parents think it’s just a virus when it really could be food poisoning.
I caught a clip this morning on the Today Show with tips to pack a safer lunch this school year:
- Be sure to pack cold foods in ice and use a lunch box with built in cooler. See if your school will put lunches in a refrigerator or at least a classroom cooler.
- Fruit & veggies are safe at room temperature before being peeled or cut. Safe suggestions to pack in their sacks include snap peas, whole apples, dried fruit, nuts (if allowed at school), cherry tomatoes, and even packaged milk with dry cereal or pre-packaged unopened hard cheeses.
My boys normally buy their lunch at school but this year my youngest son starts full-day kindergarten and will be taking a lunch bag every day because of his food allergies. Do you pack your kid’s lunch? What types of foods do you send with them to school?
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