Food Safety and Carry-along Lunch

When the economy is in a slump, up goes the number of  “brown baggers” carrying lunch to school and work.  The fact that these lunches aren’t consumed for about 4 hours after leaving home is a concern if there is no refrigeration available.   Food that  must be kept cold to prevent spoilage or food-borne illness should not be held at room temperature for more than 2 hours, and   that drops to only 1 hour if the temperature is above 90°F.   However, “brown baggers” will be glad to know that there are ways to keep food safe without buying a refrigerator for the workplace or classroom. 

H.E.B. Foods
“Keeping the Brown Bag Safe”
American Dietetic Association
“Kids Deliver the Lunchbox Lowdown”
Cooperative Extension Service, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. “Bacterial food-borne illness”: Fact sheet No. 9.300.; Kendall, p. 2008. 


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