Bugs, eyeballs, intestines: Culture tells us if they're tasty

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Bugs, eyeballs, intestines: Culture tells us if they're tasty

Food safety in foreign lands


Whether on a vacation or on business, no one wants to get sick when traveling abroad. The main source of infection is contaminated food or water.


High-risk destinations are the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What precautions can be taken to avoid illnesses from food and drink? Here are some tips from Clemson University in South Carolina:




  • Undercooked and raw meat, fish and shellfish can carry intestinal pathogens.


  • Cooked food that has been allowed to stand for several hours at room temperature may be contaminated by bacteria and should be thoroughly reheated before serving.


  • Food and drink bought from a street


  • vendor is more likely to cause illness.


  • In areas where chlorinated tap water is not available, or where hygiene and sanitation are poor, choose these beverages:


  • Bottled or canned carbonated beverages.


  • Bottled juice or water from trusted sources; juice that has been reconstituted from water that is contaminated would not be safe.


  • Hot tea or coffee made with boiled water.


  • Beer and wine.


  • Infant formula prepared from commercial powder and boiled water for infants who are not breastfed.

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