Study shows that preschoolers’ brown bags are packing more than just lunch

A new study shows that preschoolersメ packed lunches reach unsafe temperatures, increasing the risk of foodborne illnesses University of Texas researchers used a to test the temperatures of lunches belonging to more than 700 kids between ages 3 and 5 They were looking to see if the food at nine differentᅠday care centers was cooerl than 40 degrees Fahrenheit, which is cold enough to avoid theᅠgrowth of germs and other food pathogens Author Fawaz Almansour, a doctoral candidate in the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, found that more than 90 percent of food sent from home reached high temperatures before the child ate it About 39 percent of the lunches had no ice packs, while 45 percent had just one ice pack Also, 88 percent were at room temperature Only 16 percent of the findings were kept atᅠa safe temperature, as recommended by the USDA “This was an eye opener As a parent, when my child comes home with a stomachache or vomiting, I usually think it’s a virus I don’t think the food I serve is the problem,” said Almansour suggests that parents put lunch in a paper bag and transport it to the day care center in an insulated cooler, but remove the paper bag from the container and place it in the refrigerator once at the day care, to care for their child’s nutrition and avoid getting sick