Going abroad this summer? Here are some food safety tips.

Posted: 31st May 2019

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By: Louise Roberts

Going abroad this summer? Here are some food safety tips.

There are a few tips that I would like to share to help you enjoy your travels, without experiencing food poisoning.

Drinking water – check before you travel if it is safe to drink from the tap where you are travelling to, if not, use bottled water. Ensure the bottles are still sealed when you buy them and from a reputable brand. Use bottled water for cleaning your teeth too. You could boil water before use to make it safe, from bugs.

Ice – is a lovley way to cool down, but don’t have it if the local water isn’t safe to drink. Where is the water coming from?

Salads – check out how it is washed – if the water isn’t safe for you to drink, it isn’t safe to use for washing salad, unless it has been treated.

Buffets – in a warm climate, the cold food will warm up quicker than in the UK. There is a temperature range that most bacteria grow in. This is 8-63°C. The closer to body temperature, the faster they divide. Check how quickly food is rotated and is it on refrigerated surfaces?

Cooked foods – is meat being cooked thoroughly and is it served piping hot?

Research a little before you travel, is my advice. Speak to your travel agent, look at the government travel advice and get ready to enjoy your travelling abroad.

I hope that you have a fantastic time travelling and without suffering any ill effects.

For more information about food safety, visit my website.