Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

16. How can I avoid foodborne illness when eating out?

When you go out to eat, check out the eating establishment to see how clean it is. Are the dishes clean? Are the floors swept? Are the bathrooms sanitary? If not, you may be better off finding somewhere else to eat. If the dining room is dirty, the kitchen may be too. A dirty kitchen may lead to unsafe food.

When ordering meals in restaurants, ask if the food has raw or uncooked eggs, meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or sprouts. If the answer is yes, do not order the food. Avoiding raw or undercooked food will reduce your chances of getting foodborne illness.

Take a good look at your food when it is served to you. If you ordered a hot meal, make sure it's served to you hot and steaming. If it's not hot enough, or if it just doesn't look right to you, send it back.

Learn how to eat safely when eating foods prepared outdoors from “Food Safety at Festivals and Fairs”. (From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).