a young girl eats her homemade lunch at school

Keeping your student’s school lunch safe

As our children head back to school, we are sometimes overwhelmed with all the supplies students need for their classes. It’s easy to overlook the value of a good, insulated lunch container.

Our days in Florida are hot, and we need to keep in mind foodborne illnesses that can occur from lunches being kept improperly in a warm environment. Note what one food safety expert cautioned:

“If you pack perishable food in an old-fashioned brown paper bag, it can be unsafe to eat by lunchtime. When children are sent home sick or stay home because of illness, it’s difficult for them to succeed in their school work.” — Diane Van, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (Sept. 7, 2010)

Read more from Diane Van’s FoodSafety.gov article to help keep your student protected from foodborne illnesses.

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