Antibacterial food dividers and lunch sheets

These are antibacterial products meant to be used with Japanese packed lunches (bento), usually eaten at room temperature. I bought the special antibacterial sushi grass at Nijiya Market in San Francisco's Japantown, and the antibacterial bento sheets at Daiso in Daly City. Not all food dividers/baran are antibacterial; they need to be marked with the Japanese characters in the note above to be antibacterial. Full post on food safety for packed lunches here.

  • sugarfreak PRO 8y

    Are those dividers always antibacterial?
  • Lunch in a Box PRO 8y

    sugarfreak> No, just these. It's a new trend in Japan.
  • sugarfreak PRO 8y

    Ah. I knew that those traditional grass dividers have always been antibacterial. I just didn't realize there were others!
  • Lunch in a Box PRO 8y

    Actual shiso leaves that are traditionally used as dividers are, in fact, antibacterial. The old plastic sushi grass dividers (and most "baran") are not. It must have the characters noted on the package above to be antibacterial.
  • OMBF / Obiwan Bento 8y

    I bet shiso leaves taste better :) ... But what do they put in them to make them antibacterial? I don't like the idea of disinfectant in my lunch :S
  • Lunch in a Box PRO 8y

    ombf> It's a flavorless extract of wasabi, so no disinfectant. :-) In the U.S. some universities are doing research on incorporating oregano extracts into a film to wrap food with for the same thing. I think it's in the sources linked in my full blog entry. Interesting.
  • VANnBER 8y

    Interesting! Thanks for the explanation!
  • Now Public 8y

    Thank you for sharing your photo!This photograph appears in a NowPublic news story: U.S. food safety strained by imports: AP.
  • KAYI 8y

    Are they reusable?
  • Lunch in a Box PRO 8y

    SS!> If you're looking for optimum antibacterial action, I wouldn't reuse them. But you can always wash and reuse them as regular food dividers.
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