When it comes to school lunches, parents typically have concerns about the nutritional quality of cafeteria food, or whether or not their child will trade their healthy homemade lunches for junk food. Many parents aren't aware that they may put their children at risk for foodborne illnesses.
Unfortunately, every year 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from foodborne diseases, and if the food in your child's lunchbox reaches unsafe temperatures, he or she could be one of the millions affected. Did you know that a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Texas showed that 90% of preschoolers' lunches reach unsafe temperatures?
Known as the "thermal danger zone", bacteria thrive in temperatures between 40oF and140oF. But by taking the following precautions, parents can help prevent their child's lunches from becoming contaminated with harmful bacteria:
Many times food poisoning is preventable. It's something that all parents should keep in mind when sending their kids off to school with homemade lunches. For more information on food safety, visit our food poisoning prevention page