Keep foods safe to eat

March 28, 2014 ,

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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