As kids head back to school, don't forget: perishable foods shouldn’t be in the “danger zone” for more than two hours, so it’s worth paying attention to time and temperature as you’re packing that meal.
The “danger zone” is 40 to 140°F. Specifically perishable foods are safe when they are in the fridge - under 40 degrees or while they’re being cooked.
But bacteria can grow, potentially making food unsafe to eat, after a few hours at middling temperatures - like during those hours after you pack the lunch... and your kid actually eats it.
Which is why using ice packs, or containers to keep things hot can help keep them safe.
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