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According to the following article parent packed school lunches reach temperatures during the day that make them unsafe to eat. The article is not very long so I am posting it in its entirety so you need not go to the link.
Children's packed lunches too warm to be safe: study
Aug 9 (Reuters Life!) - Tests of more than 700 preschoolers' packed lunches found that fewer than 2 percent of the meats, vegetables and dairy products were cool enough to be safe, according to a U.S. study.
One in six U.S. residents gets food poisoning every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it is unclear how many cases are caused by lukewarm sack lunches.
The study by Fawaz Almansour, a doctoral student at the University of Texas in Austin, was the first to check how the food that children take to school is doing in terms of health about ninety minutes before they eat it.
"It was a shock when we discovered that more than 90 percent of the perishable items in these packed lunches were kept at unsafe temperatures," Almansour said.
According to his study, published in Pediatrics, some 705 lunches packed by parents for children in full-time daycare centers were checked for the temperature of perishable food items and the number of ice packs included.
How many pairs of shoes and coats do you have to buy him? I suspect you should give the kid some credit.
It's too bad that things can't be labelled somehow, say with a kid's name, and the school could have some place, call it, I dunno, lost and found, where stuff left behind could be collected.
He does not lose something everyday. But more days than not he will forget or lose something at school. Sometimes he brings it back later, sometimes he doesn't. I can pretty much guarentee he will lose a pair of shoes, a jacket, and a backback this school year at least once. Its not ideal but is a part of his condition (of which I will not discuss here).
I was not assigning credit or blame on my son. My point is that I accept that he will lose stuff, but I choose not to give him another opportunity to lose stuff when a satisfactory alternative (a bag) can be used instead.
The ironic part is that from an immunology standpoint, rancid lunches have probably been beneficial to our health as they'd be one of the few things that still get to stress a kid's immune system. lol.
I think this is why kids' immune system is so screwed-up these days.....if you're not exposed to germs...how can you develop an immunity.
I remember when a kid would drop his soother on the floor, a mother would just pick it up ...lick it clean and pop it back in the kid's mouth....now it has to be cleaned and steamed.
When I went camping with my kids we had the 5 second rules for things dropped on the ground
Strangely, not all items make it to the lost and found even if they have his name on them.
One tip is to not make the lunches the morning of, as everything warms up on the counter, goes into a warm bag, and has no hope of staying warm. Make it the night before, keep it in the fridge so that even the bag is cold, and chuck an ice pack in before they leave.