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What are ways to prevent food poisoning while eating out?

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If you're served an undercooked meat or egg product in a restaurant, send it back for more cooking. You should also ask for a new plate. Some other tips:

  • Check the inspection scores of the places where you eat. You can check online before you go or after you arrive.
  • If you take home leftovers, refrigerate them within 2 hours. If it’s above 90 F, make that 1 hour.

From: How to Prevent Food Poisoning WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Foodborne Germs and Illnesses,” “Protect Yourself When Eating Out.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

International Dairy Foods Association: “Pasteurization.”

Foodsaftey.gov: “Sprouts: What You Should Know.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Foodborne Germs and Illnesses,” “Protect Yourself When Eating Out.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Poisoning.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Food Poisoning.”

International Dairy Foods Association: “Pasteurization.”

Foodsaftey.gov: “Sprouts: What You Should Know.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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