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Is your Child eating Bacteria?

Back to school! Yes, it’s time to leave your summer break behind, and kick-off the school year with what could seem like the most stressful start. As a parent, you always have the best intentions when it comes to your family, but are you doing all you can to keep your kids safe at school?

Most of us resort to packing a lunch for our kids because it is healthier and more cost-efficient. However can we make sure that the food we are making and packing is also safe?

Find out with these quick-tips below.

 

Scrub the lunchbox!

Your child’s lunchbox is exposed to different types of food on a daily basis and becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Purchase a plastic lunchbox instead of a cloth-based lunchbox. Plastic lunchboxes are easier to clean and are more durable. Insulated lunchboxes are also a great option in keeping food safe and at the right temperature for a longer period of time.

Dry the lunchbox overnight before using it.

Use disposable brown bags if you prefer packing light lunches for your child such as sandwiches.

Wrap the insides of your lunchbox before packing food with cling film or a paper towel and dispose of it every day.

Soak the lunchbox in detergent for at least half an hour before washing it thoroughly every week. It might be a good idea to get your child involved in cleaning his or her own lunchbox. However, make sure to teach them how to effectively wash their lunchbox and watch over them when they do.

Packing your child’s favorites

Some food items are not feasible options for your child’s lunchbox. However, with these tips below, expand the selection that you can store in his or her lunchbox.

Divide leftovers and larger hot meals, like pasta, into smaller portions to make freezing and reheating them a faster process.

If you would like to prepare a small salad, like tabboulah, or cut up fruits for school, then remember to store them safely in a tupperware and to place an ice pack next to them.

Pack a hot drink in a thermos that can retain heat and keep it away from cold items in the lunchbox.

Using ice packs is also important when packing any kind of lunch meats, milk, or soft cheese. If ice packs aren’t readily available to you, then the best alternative is to freeze a bottle of water overnight and place it in the lunchbox. By the time lunchtime comes around, the water will have thawed and be ready to drink.

Use whole fruits and veggies instead of sliced fruits and vegetables. Whole fruits are a much safer alternative
to cutting them up especially if you’re packing them in the lunchbox.

Consider packing foods that stay safe at room temperature such as granola bars, raw veggies, nuts, popcorn and whole raw fruits.
in the lunchbox.

 

Follow these basic school food safety tips daily, and you will be well on your way to a food poisoning-free school year. We know it might seem like a lot of information to digest, but digesting information is a lot safer than digesting germs.