Eating abroad: The key safety tips confirmed
It’s sufficient to spoil any holiday – and perhaps beyond. In short, food poisoning abroad is no laughing matter, but there have been countless horror stories over the years and one has to be on their guard.
Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere in the world. While the UK might have strict hygiene standards, there’s no guarantee of protection. Like it or not, some responsibility does rest on your shoulders and through today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the key tips to look out for if you are looking to dine on your travels.
Get your paperwork in order
When we talk about paperwork for these purposes, we’re largely talking about insurance. Arm yourself with a reputable brand such as Staysure and at least provide a backfall if something does go wrong.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s another form of paperwork that you can turn to in the form of the GHIC. While many people thought that the old European Health Insurance Card resulted in the end of treatment privileges through Europe following Brexit, the GHIC has now replaced it. Like the previous scheme, you will have to apply for it before you travel.
Reviews can be your best friend
In the modern world, we’re extremely lucky to have the likes of TripAdvisor at our fingertips. This can be an excellent way of judging not only the quality of food but also the hygiene standards of an establishment.
Of course, it’s not always fool proof and you should always take things with a pinch of salt but in general, if something doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t.
Take particular care with dietary requirements
In the UK, we’re somewhat spoilt when it comes to dietary requirements. While it might be a little more challenging to find a vegan or gluten-free meal, it’s not impossible.
Away from our shores, it can be a different story altogether. If you do have any particular dietary requirements, you will need to do your research in advance and be sure that your chosen destination can cater to your needs.
However, we would firmly advise against taking a restaurant’s word for these issues. A lot of cultures do not appreciate dietary requirements, and you may have to do your own research in relation to the ingredients used in certain dishes before concluding whether a restaurant is suitable for you.
Steer clear of the buffet
While a buffet might seem like a cost-effective way of enjoying a meal, they do come with their dangers.
The main issue is the fact that you do not know how long the food has been sitting out. While in the UK, there are strict guidelines surrounding this, the same cannot be said for other countries.
If you are going to partake in a buffet, be sure to eat the hot food first and avoid anything that has been sitting out for too long.
Ice and salads: two surprising risks
Ice is one of those things that we often take for granted. We assume that because it’s cold, it must be safe.
However, this is not always the case. In some countries, ice is made using tap water, which may not be safe to consume. If you are unsure, it’s always best to play it safe and avoid.
The same can be said for salads. While we often see them as a healthy option, they can often be the cause of food poisoning. This is because they are often washed in tap water, which as we have already established, may not be safe to consume.
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