Many Americans bring bag lunches to work - a sometimes healthier and less expensive option. When bagging it at the office, always follow these food safety reminders:
- Chill It! Walk your lunch to a refrigerator immediately upon arriving at work. If a refrigerator is not available, include a frozen gel pack or frozen juice box with perishable food in an insulated lunch bag or lunch box.
- Clean It! Wash hands and surfaces (including desktop) with warm, soapy water before and after preparing or eating food.
- Toss It! After lunch, discard any uneaten perishable food and used food packaging and paper bags. Reusing packaging could contaminate other food and cause foodborne illness.
More on handwashing from foodsafety.gov.