Back to School Food Safety
- Rinse fruits and vegetables under running tap water, including those with skins and rinds that
are not eaten. Dry with a paper towel.
- Wash insulated lunch totes or boxes with hot soapy water after each use.
- Your child’s lunch could include perishable items (sandwiches, fresh fruit) and shelf-stable
items (packaged pudding). Use an insulated lunch box, with an insulated bottle for hot foods or a frozen gel pack or a frozen juice box to keep foods cold.
- If lunches are made at home the night before, keep them in the refrigerator until it’s time to go. Make sure the refrigerator is 40° F or below at all times and use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature.
- Make sure your child knows to throw out all used food packaging and perishable leftovers.
Do not reuse plastic bags as they could contaminate other foods leading to foodborne illness.
- Use an insulated soft-sided bag if possible. It’s best for keeping food cold.