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Food Safety in Faraway Places
From airports to train stations to foreign countries, bacteria and harmful pathogens are lurking everywhere. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, take the proper precautions to avoid food poisoning.
In some countries, sanitation standards are less strict than in the U.S. Aside from food poisoning, contaminated food or water can also cause stomach and digestion irritation, E. Coli infections, hepatitis and other contagious diseases. Be on your best safety behavior when traveling:
- Ask your physician or health department about immunizations and preventative medication suggested for your destination.
- Before traveling, do some research. Check what restaurants have the highest sanitation standards.
- Avoid foods and drinks from street vendors, because they can increase your chance of illness. Also avoid tap water in all forms. This includes ice, water by the glass or in mixed drinks and water used to brush your teeth.
- Carry nonperishable foods with you when exploring or sightseeing.
- Always wash your hands before eating, and it is a good idea to carry hand sanitizer.
For more information reducing your risk of food poisoning, visit HomeFoodSafety.org.
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