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Tips for lunch box safety

The safety of packed lunches should not be forgotten

Parents and workers have been given some useful tips for keeping the flavour pairings in their packed lunches fresh and safe.

According to Christine Bruhn, director of the University of California, Davis' Centre for Consumer Research, one of the most important guidelines is "keeping it cold".

The Associated Press reports that people should consider preparing their packed lunches the night before, as this will give any perishable food items plenty of time to chill in the fridge.

Items should then be taken to school or work in an insulated lunch box, ideally with a frozen gel pack, and kept in a cool and shaded area.

If gel packs are not an option, a frozen carton of 100 per cent fruit juice can be placed inside the lunch box.

This will help to keep the surrounding items cool and will have defrosted in time to be consumed at lunch.

Workers who want something a little different to take into the office for their lunch may want to consider putting together an apple and Moroccan giant couscous salad, the recipe for which was recently published by Female First.

The dish combines giant couscous, sultanas, diced apple, shallots, garlic and ginger, along with half a red chilli and some pine nuts.

It also includes smoked paprika, ground cinnamon and ground cumin to create "smoky spicy aromas from Morocco".

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