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

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Wash Fruits and Veggies

You're careful about the spread of germs from meat products, but fruits and veggies also carry pathogens on their surfaces and should be washed. Cut into an unwashed apple and you're bound to transfer germs to the fruit. Leave the food whole if you can, since bacteria starts to grow once it's sliced. Washed grape tomatoes, apples, grapes, baby carrots and celery are great options. If your preschooler needs smaller portions, chop it carefully and keep it chilled with a tiny ice pack or frozen water bottle.