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‘Danger Zone’ is a terrific tune, but a sour song in a lunch bag

Fall is fast approaching which means the back-to-school buzz is underway for school supplies lists, and grocery lists. Many parents will resume packing lunches for their kids during the week. When food is left at room temperature in a lunch box or bag all morning, bacteria can grow to dangerous levels putting children and their immature… Continue Reading

Repeated Listeria positives spur recall of food sent to schools

Weeks after most school districts dismissed students for summer break, 45 varieties of pre-prepared sandwiches are being recalled from 38 districts because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Let’s Do Lunch Inc., doing business as Integrated Food Service, put a positive spin on the recall, saying “due to school summer breaks, any foods remaining in frozen… Continue Reading

Legislation to revise school lunch program passes House committee

Controversial federal legislation to limit funding for subsidized school lunches and change some of the program’s nutritional standards passed a House committee on a 20-14 vote May 18, and the proposal is being hammered by critics who believe it would endanger the health of American school children. The bill’s sponsor, U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), said that his… Continue Reading

USDA Offers Back-to-School Food Safety Tips for Parents

It’s back-to-school time, and, for many students, that means that many parents will be packing lunches for their kids again. Leaving food at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow to dangerous levels that can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F, doubling… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The ‘New’ School Lunch


For anyone who still gets the printed version of The New York Times, the pretty magazine among all those advertising inserts is worth a read today. It contains a smartly illustrated story entitled, “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground,” by Nicholas Confessore. It can also be found online here. Confessore, who was part of… Continue Reading