With September right around the corner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released some back-to-school food safety tips for those who expect to pack their lunch.
From the USDA’s official website:
“–Make sure lunch bags and coolers are clean before packing.
–Pack moist towelettes so children can clean hands before and after eating.
–Use an insulated lunch bag or cooler and at least two cold sources, such as freezer packs, for lunches that contain perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt. This will help keep food safely cold at 40°F or below until lunch time.
–If packing a hot lunch, like soup, chili or stew, use an insulated container to keep it hot. Fill the container with boiling water, let stand for a few minutes, empty, and then put in the piping hot food. Tell children to keep the insulated container closed until lunchtime to keep the food at 140°F or above.
–For safety, instruct children to discard all leftover food and used food packaging.”
For more information, check out the USDA’s official release at THIS LINK.