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Study: Sack Lunches Could Foster Bacteria

Last updated on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics says that a student’s sack lunch containing meat or egg products can reach temperatures high enough to foster illness-causing bacteria by lunchtime.

Dr. Aaron Carroll with the IU School of Medicine says while that might be the case, the overall risk of illness is still low. Dr. Carroll says the study shows that even using an ice pack in an insulated bag wasn't enough to keep the food at the proper temperature. He says multiple ice packs are now being recommended.

While parents want to be safe when preparing their children's lunches, Dr. Carroll says unless there was a high amount of illnesses reported due to warm lunches, the risk of illness isn't something to panic over.

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