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Lunch box food safety
07 Feb 2011

As school returns, SA Health is reminding parents to keep their children's lunches safe from food poisoning.

SA Health's Director of Food Policy, Dr Fay Jenkins, said there are a few simple steps that parents can follow when preparing their children's lunches to avoid possible food poisoning. "The most important thing to remember is to keep school lunches cold for as long as possible before they are eaten," Dr Jenkins said. "Food that is stored in a warm lunch box or bag for several hours can reach temperatures that are ideal for bacteria to multiply."

"We all want to pack healthy and nutritious foods for our children but it is important to remember that these are also at risk of spoiling in the heat. Bacteria can grow on foods such as chicken, fish, meat, yoghurt, soft cheese, milks, cooked eggs and salads."

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