To protect yourself from food-borne illnesses, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking the following precautions while dining
Be choosy when selecting restaurants.
Note the general cleanliness of the facility and
staff. If you aren't confident that conditions are sanitary,
Restaurants are inspected by the local health department for
cleanliness and proper kitchen procedures. Find out the inspection scores of
selected restaurants (they are sometimes posted in the restaurant).
Find out whether food safety training is regularly provided for
Give specific directions and ask questions. Do
everything you can to ensure your food is prepared properly.
Make sure meat is cooked at the proper
temperature. For example, when ordering a hamburger, ask for it to be cooked to
a temperature of 160°F (71°C),
and send it back if it is still pink in the middle.
cooked so the yolk is firm. When you order an item that combines eggs, such as
omelets, request pasteurized eggs. Choose a different menu item if pasteurized
eggs are not available.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
W. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
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