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Packing Safe Lunches
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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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It seems that even people who don’t have children in their homes use this time of year to get back on track or start new routines!  One of those items is reducing the number of meals eaten out.  Whether you are packing a school lunch or one for the office there are a few items of food safety to keep in mind. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 48 million people in the United States become ill from foodborne illnesses every year.  Don’t let your packed lunch add you to that number!  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Start with safe food handling at home.  Be sure to wash your hands and surfaces as you pack the lunch.

  2. Insulated, soft-sided lunch boxes are the best options for keeping foods cold. For extra assurance, include a frozen ice pack or even a frozen juice box.

  3. Hot foods should be packed in an insulated container. To help maintain heat, fill the container with boiling water and let it stand five minutes. Empty the container and then put in the thoroughly heated food. Tell your child to keep the lid tightly closed until lunchtime.

  4. Be sure to wash all fruits and vegetables.  In most workplaces or schools, there is not a suitable or convenient place to wash fresh produce.

  5. Don’t try to save uneaten lunch foods for an afternoon snack, unless it is a prepackaged, nonperishable food, or uncut fresh fruit. 

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