Is Your Child's Lunchbox Safe?

Have you ever wondered if your kids' lunchboxes are safe and not posing any hidden dangers in them? Here are our top tips to ensure you keep your little ones safe and do not take any fun out of lunchtime.

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Use a proper lunch box  

The lunch containers that aren’t designed for storing food might be made from toxic, non-food-graded materials that contain dangerous chemicals that might leak into kids’ foods. It’s not only harmful in a long run but might also take the deliciousness out of lunch as well as its freshness.

Add an ice pack  B.Box Gel Cooler Twin Pack - Healthy Snacks NZ

Toss in ice packs during the warmer months, especially when dairy and high-protein foods are provided. Pack your child’s lunch in an insulated lunch bag, as this will keep the ice frozen for longer.

Say good-buy to old lunch boxes

Broken, cracked, or discoloured lunch boxes should also be discarded immediately. They often provide a beneficial environment for the bacteria to grow and may no longer shield food from it. Bacteria and other outside contaminants can sneak in through leaks and tears.

Keep it clean 

Wash your lunch box after every use with hot, soapy water and let it dry thoroughly. We also recommend airing it out overnight if it takes on a slight smell. If the smell doesn’t fade, consider replacing your lunchbox.

Cool down food before packing

Ensure that you cool down the food before closing the lunchbox to avoid any risk of bacteria growth. Avoid packing hot foods in the lunchbox as it will cause condensation and might promote a beneficial environment for bacteria to multiply, especially if the lunch box is going to stay at room temperature for a few hours. Use thermos or food flask for packing warm meals. 

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Use an insulated thermos 

Thermos is designed to keep foods like fried rice, macaroni and cheese, or soups  warm until lunchtime. Pour piping hot foods immediately into an insulated thermos. For best results, preheat your thermos by filling it with boiling water, letting it sit for a few minutes, pouring out the water, and then adding your hot food.

Choose sStainless Steel Bento Box with Silicone Seal - Healthy Snacks NZtainless steel products (if possible) 

Stainless steel bentos and drink bottles are made from safe, non-toxic materials that won't leach into food. They are hygienic, durable and easy to clean. Stainless steel products are environmentally friendly, nearly indestructible️ and will save you money in the long term.

Encourage kids to wash their hands

Stress the importance of washing hands before and after eating lunch. Hand washing is best, but wet wipes or hand sanitiser will also work in a pinch.

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