Lunch box bugs

15th August 2008 at 01:00

Pupils are at risk of food poisoning from their lunch boxes unless schools take precautions, the Food and Drink Federation warns. It polled 1,300 parents and found that only five per cent said their child's school had a fridge to store packed lunches. Helen Munday, the federation's director of food safety and science, said: "Food poisoning bacteria multiply fast, but to do so they need moisture, food, warmth and time - a warm lunch box left sitting around can provide all that."

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