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Don't spend your summer vacation sick! Stick to safe foods while travelling abroad

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Image Publication | Fri July 21, 2017, 07:00 AM EST

If you're traveling overseas, especially to developing countries, avoid any foods that could get you sick this summer. Be sure to stick to safe foods while traveling.

Eat safe foods:

  • Thoroughly cooked fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits with a thick covering (citrus fruits, bananas, and melons) that have been washed in safe water and that you peel yourself
  • Thoroughly cooked meat, poultry, eggs, and fish
  • Dairy products from large commercial dairies, such as ultra-pasteurized (shelf-ready) milk or hard cheeses
  • Avoid raw fruits and vegetables. This includes salads and uncooked vegetables. These may be contaminated or may have been rinsed with unsafe water. Eat only food that has been cooked and is still hot, or fruit that you know has been washed in safe water and you have peeled yourself.  

Foods to avoid include:

  • Raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs
  • Unpasteurized milk and milk products, especially soft cheeses
  • Prepared food that has been left unrefrigerated for several hours, especially food containing meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products
  • Food prepared by street vendors

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Image Publication | Fri July 21, 2017, 07:00 AM EST

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