USDA Offers Back-to-School Food Safety Tips for Parents

August 24, 2015

It’s back-to-school time, and, for many students, that means that many parents will be packing lunches for their kids again.

Leaving food at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. This range of temperatures is often called the “Danger Zone.”

Here are some tips from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service for keeping lunches out of the Danger Zone:

If the lunch/snack contains perishable food items, such as luncheon…