Back-To-School Food Safety Tips For Brown Bag Lunches

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — As children head back to school, parents need to do some homework on how to keep their child’s brown bag lunch safe.

A new study found 99 percent of brown bag lunches tested reached an unsafe temperature by lunch time, even when mom and dad included an ice pack.

Clinical nutrition manager at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Amy Schrader suggests ditching the iconic brown paper bag and buying an insulated lunch box. Also Schrader says if you freeze the juice box it can act like a ice pack.

“Actually make the lunch the night before, this allows your cold refrigerate to cool the food down,” explains Schrader.

What To Pack?

Schrader says its always best to avoid proteins that can go bad easily, like turkey sandwiches. Instead look for non perishable foods, like almonds, energy bars, cans of chicken and tuna, and some shelf stable cheeses along with fruits, vegetables and grains.

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