Every parent wants to send his or her kid off to school with a delicious lunch, knowing they have followed lunch box safety rules to ensure that the food will be safe when lunchtime rolls around. Anything you would refrigerate at home, like sandwiches made with lunchmeat, needs to be kept cold with an icepack or frozen juice box. Hot food, like soup, needs to be kept hot, so a non-breakable thermal container is key.
Lunch box safety rules apply to food served for lunch at home as well as on the go. Salads and snacks should be kept at the proper temperature no matter where you’ll be eating them. Remember that if it came out of the fridge, it needs to be kept cold.
Keeping food at the right temperature isn’t the only lunch box safety principle to follow: Keeping food safe for little ones also includes being sure there are no choking hazards in their lunch box. We’ve got more food safety tips for kids in our Healthy Living section.
In addition to being safe, lunch can be fun. Think about adding a treat: Peanut butter isn’t just for sandwiches, and cookie balls and cupcakes always bring a smile.