Packed Lunches Could Be Unsafe To Eat By Lunchtime

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A recent study has shown that packed lunches aren’t cool enough to be safe to eat. Gene & Julie discuss the safety of your child’s brown bag lunches.


Tests of more than 700 preschoolers’ packed lunches found that fewer than 2 percent of the meats, vegetables and dairy products were cool enough to be safe, according to a U.S. study. Tests of more than 700 preschoolers’ packed lunches found that fewer than 2 percent of the meats, vegetables and dairy products were cool enough to be safe, according to a U.S. study. One in six U.S. residents gets food poisoning every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it is unclear how many cases are caused by lukewarm sack lunches.

So what can you do to make your child’s lunch safe? Here are some tips for a fresher, safer lunch:

  • Put whole, unpeeled fruit in your child’s lunch.  These will stay fresher longer than sliced fruit that can spoil if not sealed or properly cooled.
  • Freeze drinks so they can act as a secondary ice pack and keep things cold.
  • Ask if your child’s school or teacher provides a refrigerator for student lunches.
  • The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has some great tips about keeping food stored properly.  Check out their tips, CLICK HERE.

One listener recommended PackIt, which will keep your food colder longer. Check it out!

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