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Unsafe Lunchboxes At Dorset Schools

Philippa Hudson

12:04am 9th December 2012

More children are at risk of harmful bacteria in their lunchboxes ... That's according to a Dorset School.

A study by Bournemouth University found 99% of lunches they tested at a local junior school were kept at unsafe temperatures.

Some samples tested positive for 'Staphylococcus aureus'- a bacteria which can lead to food poisoning, skin infections and even life-threatening illnesses like meningitis and pneumonia.

Senior Lecturer in food safety Philippa Hudson led the research, she says it's all about keeping food cool and lunchboxes clean.

You can listen to Wessex FM's Luke de Costa's full interview with Philippa below, plus read her top tips for a safer lunchbox:

Buy larger freeze packs to put inside, rather than smaller ones

Avoid higher-risk food items like seafood and leftovers

Wash the lunchbox at least once a week with a clean cloth - not a dishcloth

Make sure it is also dried properly, as organism thrive in moist conditions

Try to buy plastic lunchboxes which are easier to clean

Replace the lunchbox at least once every academic year

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