Stranger Danger: Stay Away From These Foods While Traveling

One of the most exciting traveling experiences is trying new food. But many tourists are concerned about food safety. Dan Solis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director, says that many countries don’t have the manufacturing and safety laws that some tourists need.

If you haven’t adjusted to local cuisine, you could get sick even if you’ve eaten the meal before. Some fruits carry pathogens if they aren’t peeled. Many countries don’t clean their tap water, and others don’t pasteurize their dairy. To avoid illness, read about the foods you shouldn’t eat while traveling.

Peel Raw Fruits And Vegetables Before Eating

An orange is peeled on a table.
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If you buy from fruits and vegetables abroad, don’t assume that they’ve been washed. Some sellers may not adhere to food safety standards. Leaving this produce out allows pathogens to multiply, especially in tropical countries. Always clean and peel your fruits and vegetables before eating, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Bananas, apples, avocados, and carrots can all be peeled. Most bacteria will sit on top of the food, and peeling may remove them. If you want to make sure that all pathogens are gone, cook or steam your produce.