Food Poisoning Prevention: Eating in Restaurants

You can protect yourself from food poisoning (or "foodborne illness") by making wise decisions regardingwhere you eat.

Restaurants are inspected by local health departments toensure they are clean and have adequate kitchen facilities. You can find out how a restaurant did on itslatest inspection and use the score (posted in the restaurant in manyjurisdictions) to help guide your choice.Knowing if the restaurant has trained its staff in principles of foodsafety is also helpful.

You can order specific foods when eating out, in order toprotect yourself from food poisoning.For example, when ordering a hamburger, ask that it be cooked to 160ºF(78ºC) and make sure it is not still pink in the middle. You can also ask if any foods containing eggswill include pasteurized eggs.

If you are served meat or poultry that has not beenthoroughly cooked, send it back to the kitchen for further cooking. You may want to ask for a clean plate and,for hamburgers, a new bun as well.

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