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Last updated 10:56 AM on 15 September 2011

Students are returning to school in one of the hottest months of the year and summer temperatures provide an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive.

It's important to keep your child's food cool in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Simple tips

  • Use insulated lunch boxes or cooler bags.
  • Keep a frozen drink or freezer brick inside the lunch box or bag.
  • If you're making lunches the night before, store them in the fridge until leaving for school.
  • Ask your child to store their lunch in a cool, dark place like a locker - not in direct sunlight
  • It is particularly important to keep meat or chicken sandwiches cool.

Lunchbox ideas

There are plenty of lunch food options that don't require cooling to keep safe such as:

  • whole, uncut fruit and vegetables
  • tinned meat or fish
  • crackers and hard cheese
  • sandwich spreads, like Vegemite or jams.

Find out more information on the NSW Food Authority website.