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Chapter 11 : Food Safety Secrets

In Mexico I saw a cardboard box of meat sit un-refrigerated for three days. It was still for sale when I left town. It occurred to me that although I wouldn't buy meat from that store, the restaurant I ate at might. Use common sense. The kitchen won't be cleaner than the tables. Notice signs of cleanliness, and wipe the edge of our glass before you drink.

My wife and I eat almost anywhere, and have so far been healthy during our travels. We keep a small plastic bottle of waterless hand-sanitizer gel handy, and use it before meals when traveling. It often isn't the food that gets you sick, but the bacteria from your hands, which have been touching money and other biologically active things all day.

Wash your hands a lot, use sanitizer, and you'll cut the risk of illness in half.

Not sure which restaurants are clean and safe? Ask the locals. Also, watch to see what local residents do when eating. Do they refuse the milk, or do they bring their own soup spoons?

If you're in an area where the standards of cleanliness and food safety are just plain lower than you like, you can look for a restaurant owned by someone from a country with higher standards (Germany, perhaps?).

Carry iodine pills to make purified water. Eat fruit washed in your iodine-water, and you can even maintain a healthy diet while traveling.

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. - James Michener

Continue with Chapter 12 here: Hostels

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