Everyone enjoys dining out at a good restaurant, but one thing you don’t want to have to worry about is food poisoning. Unfortunately, food poisoning can occur anywhere, so here are some steps you can take to reduce the chances of being affected when you eat out.
Always Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands before eating is the single most important thing you can do to prevent food poisoning. It is top of the list of preventative measures recommended by the NHS, and for good measure.
If you are preparing food at home, always wash your hands before and after you deal with the food. If you eat out in a restaurant, wash your hands before eating so as not to transfer any germs to your food.
Choose Your Restaurant Carefully
Make sure you do is to choose a restaurant with a good reputation. Although food poisoning can occur anywhere that food is served, the better restaurants will have good food safety practices in place when they prepare the food, reducing your risk of getting ill.
These days, it is easier than ever to read up on restaurant reviews. If you read any reviews that complain about the hygiene standards in a restaurant, give it a miss. If you turn up somewhere and you get a bad impression, you can always go somewhere else.
If you do become ill after eating in a restaurant, you may even be able to make a legal claim against the establishment. Find a lawyer experienced in food poisoning compensation as soon as you can to find out whether you have a case, and this could help to prevent other people becoming ill in the same place.
Opt for Safer Dishes
In a good restaurant that takes is food hygiene seriously, you will be able to eat any food you want without worrying about food poisoning. However, there are certain types of dishes that have a higher risk, so you may want to avoid these if you are worried about getting ill.
Buffets are particularly risky. While a good buffet kept at the right temperature should be fine, even a tempting-looking buffet can harbour bacteria. Other diners may even touch the food with unclean hands, and this is a risk you have to consider. If you are on holiday and you don’t want to risk it, you may want to avoid buffets altogether.
Buy Bottled Water
Although you shouldn’t have to worry too much about drinking tap water in the UK, it is a good idea to get into the habit of ordering bottled water – especially if you are on holiday in another country. In some countries, tap water can contain harmful bacteria, so it’s best to avoid it.
Look Over Your Food Before You Eat It
Food that carries harmful bacteria is often impossible to spot. However, it is still worth inspecting your food for obvious signs. Uncooked meat, lukewarm food that should be hot, soggy salad – these are all things to look out for. And if you have any suspicions, don’t eat it.
Eat Out Without Getting Ill
Food poisoning can range from an uncomfortable experience to an illness that requires hospital treatment. In short, you want to avoid it whenever you can. So keep these tips in mind and reduce your chances of becoming ill when you next dine out.
Zachery Adams is a nurse. In his spare time he enjoys writing, his health and wellness articles appearing on a range of sites around the web.