When dining out, it’s important to be aware of potential hazards and ensure that food has been handled and cooked properly. There are a variety of clues to look for to give you an idea as to whether the people handling the food are doing it the right way.
Following these guidelines to dining out will help prevent contracting foodborne illnesses while eating at a restaurant.
- 1 Check dinnerware, silverware, servers’ grooming, floors, etc. to spot any signs of uncleanliness.
- 2 Look for a clearly displayed health inspection certificate, clean exteriors, and covered garbage receptacles.
- 3 Be aware of the risks of eating raw meats and fish: Sushi, sashimi, and medium rare steaks can pose a higher risk of food poisoning.
- 4 Be alert for food allergies by checking the ingredients as listed on the menu, and ask any potential cross-contamination.
- 5 If the food isn’t cooked properly, don’t be afraid to speak up and send it back.
- 6 Store leftovers within 2 hours of the food being served to your table; reheat leftovers to 165ºF.
- 7 When in doubt, do not hesitate to leave the establishment and seek a safer environment.
- Proper cleanliness standards and health code certifications have been met.
- The menu lists ingredients and informs you of potential allergies.
- Food is cooked properly to kill any bacteria or other pathogens.