Now the Summer holidays have begun, many of you will be going on holiday with your family, and perhaps eating foods that you’re not so familiar with.
It’s important to be aware of food safety abroad to avoid getting ill and spoiling your holiday, so here are some pointers for you and your family to remember this Summer.
Drinks to avoid
Tap water - You shouldn’t drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless it has been treated. Ice in drinks should also be avoided, as even a very small amount of water can make you ill. In developing countries, water may be contaminated by bacteria, parasites, and viruses that cause hepatitis, cholera, and typhoid fever. If you would like to disinfect tap water, this can be done by boiling, filtering, or chemically treating it, for example with chlorine.
Bottled water - It’s vital that you stay hydrated and drink lots of water in the hot weather, so it’s best to buy large bottles of water as these will have been filtered. You can buy bottles of water them very cheaply from foreign supermarkets and they will be completely safe. Equally, bottled fizzy drinks will also be safe.
Treated water – Treated water is safe if this has been done properly, for example with chlorine tablets.
Boiled water - If you want to be completely sure that the water you’re drinking is safe, you can purify it by boiling it for approximately 3 minutes. Drinks like tea and coffee made with boiling water are safe.
Foods to avoid
Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs
Unpasteurized dairy products, such as milk, soft cheeses and yoghurts
Prepared food that has been left at room temperature for several hours, especially food containing meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products
Food prepared by street vendors – the kiosk may not be hygienic and could have been standing for a while.
Thoroughly cooked vegetables
Fruits with a thick covering (citrus fruits, bananas, and melons) that have been washed in safe water and that you peel yourself
Thoroughly cooked and freshly prepared meat, poultry, eggs, and fish