Are you travelling to somewhere nice this summer holiday? If you are, be sure to read our guide on food safety to prevent diarrhea and other diseases.
Which countries put me at risk when it comes to developing food borne diseases?
Any country you travel to, technically, can put you at risk to contracting foodborne diseases. However, you are most likely to get these type of diseases from developing countries. In this day and age, thanks to several medical breakthroughs, foodborne diseases like diarrhea and stomach flu are no longer lifethreatening in healthy adults but it is still recommended to take extra caution. It can ruin your entire trip and can be a hassle, in general.
What kind of foodborne diseases am I at risk for?
These diseases include:
What is safe?
Based on the infographic released by Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, safe food and drink are:
Sealed drinks like water, sodas, sports drink and other carbonted drinks.
Hot coffee or tea
Pasteurized products like milk
Food from a factory sealed package or container
Hard boiled eggs
Meat that is cooked all the way through
Cooked food that is served hot
Fruits and vegetables that have been washed with and peeled by yourself
What is not safe?
Water or ice that is made from unclean water (from tap or well)
Flavored ice or ice pops
Street food or food from vendors
Raw or soft-cooked (runny eggs)
Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
Food served and room temperature
“Bushmeat” like monkeys, bats or other wild game)
Make it a habit that aside from packing your travel essentials, you go through the what to eat and what to avoid list to avoid an unpleasant trip. When in doubt, avoid eating outside and choose what you put in your mouth wisely. via expatwoman.com