Safe Family: School Lunch Safety

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Now that school's almost back in swing, you're going to want to pack your children a safe lunch to eat. Many stores offer lunch items that aren't temperature sensitive, but you can also throw in a freeze pack that will keep their lunch cool until they're ready to eat.

Carrie Slechta, a parent in Sherman, says "They're excited, they have their new lunch boxes, and you want it to be a good experience, not have them get sick out of their new lunch box."

Take, for example, the news from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. According to their website, CSPI has identified about 100 food poisoning case outbreaks linked to schools. That's since 1990. The conclusion is that too many children have become sick due to contaminated lunches. And the CSPI says it could be potentially life-threatening bacteria/viruses.

If you click on over to the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, you'll learn, "Millions of Americans carry 'bag' lunches. Food brought from home can be kept safe if it is first handled and cooked safely. Then, perishable food must be kept cold while commuting via bus, bicycle, on foot, in a car, or on the subway. After arriving at school or work, perishable food must be kept cold until lunctime."

You can check out the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website below.

Bottom Line: Keep your kids safe by preparing them a lunch that will not only be healthy, but safe to eat. If you have any questions, contact your child's school nurse.


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