Don’t let your children go back to school with a lunchbox full of bacteria! Here’s how to keep them happy and healthy.

Did you know that thousands of bacteria live in children’s lunchboxes? Most mesophiles, which include bacteria such as Listeria and e coli, grow at temperatures between 5°C and 63°C, commonly referred to as the growth or ‘danger’ zone. So how can you keep your kid’s lunchbox cool and safe?

Top Tips!

• Make your child’s lunch the night before and store in the fridge until school time. This should keep food and drink colder for longer.

• Keep an iced drink bottle or cooler block in the lunch box or cooler bag to keep the temperature down as much as possible. This is best put in a plastic pouch to stop food getting wet.

• Never re-use or put un-eaten food back in the fridge after school. As soon as it comes home, throw it in the bin.

• Check out where your child’s lunch is kept before lunchtime – lunchboxes should be stored in a cool cupboard if possible, away from windows, heaters and other natural heat sources.

• Make sure your child’s packed lunch box is of the cooler variety. Even standard cooler boxes don’t keep food cold the entire day.

• Use Fridge-To-Go lunch packs and containers which have a unique 8-hour cooling technology that ensures food stays cool and bacteria free all day.

For more info check out www.fridge-to-go.net.au.

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