10 tips to help reduce food poisoning

If you've ever had food poisoning, you'll know how unpleasant it can be, even for a fit and healthy person.

Sometimes food poisoning can cause serious illness and even death.

Here are 10 tips to help reduce your chances of getting sick and safeguard your health when eating out.

  1. When first entering a restaurant, look around before you sit down. If the dining area or restroom is not up to your cleanliness standards, chances are the kitchen will not be either.
  2. Only eat foods that are served to you very hot. If the food is lukewarm, it could have been standing at room temperature for some time, which could have led to the growth of food borne bacteria.
  3. Watch to make sure neither the cook nor staff touch cooked food with their bare hands.
  4. Make sure staff do not touch the tips of your silverware with their bare hands.
  5. Staff members are using clean cloths to wipe surfaces.
  6. Ask for drinks directly out of the can or bottle and open them yourself.
  7. Don't eat meat, eggs or other raw foods that are undercooked.
  8. Don't forget to wash your own hands properly before and after eating.
  9. Be careful at salad bars, buffets, sidewalk vendors, potluck meals, and delicatessens.
  10. When you have takeaway food, either eat it within a few hours or take it home and put it in the fridge immediately. Make sure that it is eaten within a couple of days.