Date: July 16, 2019

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Food And Drink Precautions for Travellers

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, July 21, 2016 3:51 PM

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Travellers to some foreign countries will often be warned by well intentioned friends “Don’t drink the water!” This is generally good advice! All travellers to developing countries should be cautious about the food and beverages they consume while travelling. The following recommendations apply to all situations, from food vendors on the street to expensive hotel restaurants.

  • Cooked food that has been held at room temperature for several hours is one of the greatest risks of foodborne illness. Make sure your food is properly cooked and still hot when served.
  • Avoid any uncooked food, except fruits and vegetables that can be peeled or shelled. Do not eat fruits or vegetables with damaged skin. Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it.
  • In some countries, certain species of fish and shellfish may contain poisonous biotoxins even when they are well cooked. Barracuda, redsnaper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, and a wide range of tropical reef fish contain toxin at unpredictable times.
  • Unpasteurized milk should be boiled before drinking.
  • Ice cream from unreliable sources is often contaminated and can cause illness. If in doubt, forget about it.
  • When the safety of drinking water is doubtful, boil it or disinfect it with reliable, slow release, disinfectant tablets. These are available in many pharmacies.
  • Avoid ice unless you are sure that it is made from safe water (bottled, boiled, or purified).
  • Beverages such as hot tea or coffee, wine, beer, and carbonated soft drinks or fruit juices which are either bottled or canned are usually safe to drink, unless seal is broken.
  • Check the cleanliness of the utensils, plates, and glasses you drink and eat from.