Lunch Box Safety: What Germs are in Your Kid's Bag?

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What's In Your Bag?

A 2011 study published in Food Protection Trends found that reusable grocery bags are seldom washed and often harbor nasty bacteria, including e.coli. Reusable lunch bags have the same potential for collecting germs.

Insulated lunch bags protect food better, says Vandana R. Sheth, RD, CDE Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, but they're no guarantee. Read on for our tips to make sure your child's lunch bag remains as clean (and green) as possible.