Is your little one continually sick? Their lunch box could be to blame.
The South Australian Department for Health and Wellbeing is warning parents about the risks of incorrectly packing their child’s lunch.
In fact, wrongly packed Tupperware could be a breeding ground for bacteria or cause food to go off quickly.
Kids are at risk of developing tummy bugs due to badly packed lunch boxes, say experts.
Food left at room temperatures for a few hours could cause bacteria to double in a short space of time.
Parents are being advised to prepare their child’s lunch first thing in the morning or the night before and no earlier.
Icepacks have also been recommended, especially for meats, eggs, rice, cheese and yoghurt. Putting items in separate containers to stop bacteria from spreading.
“A lunchbox with a frozen drink or ice brick will keep food at a safe temperature until lunchtime at school, however, some foods are more sensitive to heat and will grow dangerous bacteria quicker,” Manager of Food Standards Surveillance Alessia Centofanti told 7News.
Mums and dads should also remind their children to throw away all of the lunch packaging and food. Unopened granola bars can be reused but yoghurt, cheese, meats, fruit and vegetables should always be tossed out.
Meanwhile, food should also never sit in hot temperatures for more than 2 hours.
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