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Safety Tips When Eating Out

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It is important to be careful when eating at restaurants. According to one estimate, in some developed countries there are somewhere between 60 to 80 percent of cases of diseases transmitted by food that is served in restaurants.

When you go to a restaurant, be sure that this particular restaurant meets the sanitary measures that are required by law.

It is critical that you follow some safety measures while eating out. For example, ordering a good boiled or roasted meat is better than having rare or medium rare meat because the cooking process kills the pathogens in the food.

If you take food with you, make sure it is hot and eat it within two hours after purchase. If more time passes, you should reheat it to a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius.

Eat in restaurants that are trusted.

Check the toilet. If the toilet is often dirty and unkempt, do not think it’s anything better in the kitchen. Restaurants that are credible will first hold up to cleanliness and hygiene which reflects the quality of food.

Moreover, observe the staff. Is it messy, clumsy or unhygienic?

If food is served on buffet tables, look if the food is kept in the proper temperature and be sure to avoid poorly cooked meat.

If you decide to eat out, you have to be reconciled that someone else will pick up groceries and prepare food and look after the cleanliness of the kitchen. This is something you simply cannot control, but you can choose where you eat, what you eat and whether you will take the food leftovers home.
Keep your eyes open
when we go to a restaurant, first we look at the tables, tablecloths, cutlery and the waiters serving food. If they are not clean and tidy, go eat somewhere else. In some countries, sanitary inspectors regularly visit the restaurants, evaluate the purity of food and he catering facility and its conclusions are provided to the public.
Be careful when food residues carry home
If you will not be home within two hours since your dish is served, do not carry home the remains of food.  But if you decide to take the food with you (the one you're not eating), you should go straight home and store the food in the refrigerator.

Craving for oysters, steak tartare, sushi and sashimi? It might be better to wait for cooler days. Insufficiently cooked food at restaurants during the summer poses a risk of poisoning.

You probably take all necessary measures against food poisoning at home, but to be sure that everything goes great in restaurants, you should:

Pay attention to the raw and undercooked food! Foods of animal origin can uphold harmful viruses and bacteria that pose a serious health threat.

To reduce your risk try to avoid:

  • Raw fish and shellfish – oysters , sushi , sashimi , ceviche , etc
  • Meat or fruits of the sea origin that are not thoroughly prepared thermally such as tartare steak
  • Eggs that are not sufficiently cooked or baked and dishes in which eggs are used as an ingredient such as mayonnaise or sauces and salad dressings
    Soufflé, mousse and melted chocolate may contain raw eggs, so it is also advisable to avoid. In addition, the tiramisu often contains raw egg white.

Recipes and methods of preparation vary from restaurant to restaurant, so if you are not sure whether a dish contains raw or inadequately prepared animal foods make sure to find out about how waiter prepares it. Furthermore, always demand that food is properly heat treated. For dishes in which you need oysters or mousse, just choose something else if you are not entirely sure of their freshness.

References

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Food_safety_when_eating_out

http://www.fda.gov/food/resourcesforyou/healtheducators/ucm082539.htm