Back to school: 4 common mistakes made by lunch-packing parents

Lunch bags

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)— Over the next several weeks, millions of U.S. children will head back to school with a lunch in hand.

But how you packed that lunchbox could mean the difference between a healthy meal and a trip to the hospital.

Approximately one in six Americans are sickened with food poisoning each year, and children are the most vulnerable.

That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Agriculture put together these six tips to keep your child healthy:

The agencies want parents to keep in mind, it’s not just what you pack in a child’s lunch but how you pack it.

Nationwide, approximately 42,000 salmonella infections are reported to the CDC each year; half of those cases involve infants and school-age children.


USDA and CDC back to school tips –

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