Keep foods safe to eat
Young children (ages five and under) are at an increased risk of food poisoning. Older kids can get sick because of harmful foodborne bacteria too.
Here are a few food safety tips on packing school lunches to help keep all your children happy and healthy.
Food Safety Tips:
- Use insulated food containers to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
- For hot foods, fill your insulated container with boiling water and let it sit for a few minutes. Heat hot foods until piping hot. Empty the water in the container and fill with the heated food.
- For cold foods, use mini ice packs or pack a juice box that has been frozen overnight. The juice should defrost by lunch, just in time to drink.
- Wash fruit and vegetables before packing.
- Keep lunches in the fridge until you’re ready to leave for school.
- Throw out any perishable foods that come home. They are not safe to eat.
- Wipe lunch bags daily with hot, soapy water.
Source : Health Canada
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