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Packed Lunches Could Mean Danger

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Health, Local News, News.
August 22, 2011
 

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Researchers are suggesting parents not pack their kids lunches for school with the risk of food-borne illnesses.

A new study out of Texas showed 98% of perishable foods in children’s lunches were not at a safe temperature leaving children at risk of stomach aches and food poisoning.

Nutrition professor Patti Landers says food becomes dangerous in what is known as a temperature danger zone.

“If you can just remember the number 40: 40 to 140, it’s easier and it’s going to encompass all of that. The problem in that temperature zone is that bacteria multiply very quickly.”

Doctor Landers suggests if you must pack a lunch try non perishable items like chips, crackers, nuts, dried fruits and unopened cans of meats.

She says if you do send perishable items pack them in a soft, insulated bag with several ice packs, frozen gels or even frozen juice boxes and fruit cups.

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