USDA Recommends Food Safety Items for Back-to-School List

The guidance seeks to prevent foodborne illness.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a food-safety, back-to-school list—in an attempt to keep school lunches safe—as students prepare to begin the new school year. This summary includes sanitizing surfaces and utensils, food thermometers for food preparation, the use of insulated lunch boxes and gel packs, color-coding cutting boards, and more prevention methods. 

“Every day, parents focus on the health and safety of their children, and this focus includes how they prepare and pack lunches,” said Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Because children are particularly at risk for serious foodborne illness, food safety must be at the top of the list when preparing lunches for school and field trips.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Deputy Under Secretary Erskin as she provides guidance on food safety at the USDA.
  • For wisdom for Secretary Vilsack as he oversees the Department of Agriculture.
  • For parents and students to learn appropriate food handling methods to prevent foodborne illness.

Sources: Department of Agriculture


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