Keeping Our Children's Lunches Safe

Posted by Amanda Matczynski on Aug 25, 2016 6:19:10 PM
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It’s back to school season and my family is excited to share with our daughter the start of Kindergarten. This is also the perfect time to highlight something that many children take for granted – Lunch Box and Lunchtime Food Safety!

Working in the food industry makes childcare even more challenging. We are more aware of the numerous recalls and hidden microbial challenges that surround us.  The “hot” or even “stinky” lunchbox that returns home after an 8 hour day at school screams to be cleaned!   Recently – the USDA and FoodSafety.gov have highlighted some quick reminders to ensure our kids are eating safe lunches and help PARENTS feel more comfortable.

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Here are some additional quick reminders for keeping their lunches safe:

  • Use an insulated lunch box or lunch bag with enough room for 2 ice packs or other cool sources
  • Make sure the container is easy to clean BOTH inside & out
  • If you use a thermos – test to ensure it maintains a temperature at 140° or above.
  • More suggestions can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/14856980317/

Cherney is partnering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin to host a “Night at the Laboratory” event for both “Littles” and “Bigs” to come and enjoy a few hours of fun! Our activities include:  experimenting with backlights, highlighting the importance of proper handwashing and pictures of each “scientist”.  Every participant will receive an insulated lunch box with ice packs to start this upcoming school year!

Topics: Food Safety, Lunch Box Safety, Back to School, Ice Pack, Safe Families, Resouce