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Foods to avoid when abroad this summer

We are not in any way suggesting that certain foods at our favourite holiday destinations are not safe, it is just that the locals can eat them happily, but they may have certain bacteria that’s unknown to our bodies. So we suggest that when you jet away, err on the side of caution and avoid certain foods.

If we look at dairy foods, it can be very difficult to know whether not the milk will have been pasteurised, this also applies to items such as cheese and ice cream. For example if it is not pasteurised it can be 150 more times to cause illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, listeria and other harmful bacteria. There should not be any problem with ice cream and the other products from major manufacturers as they will always be safe, but street vendors should be avoided. Labels on cartons and bottles will indicate if the product has been pasteurised.

Shellfish is wonderful, but it can be infamous for causing intestinal problems abroad, seafood is the one which if contaminated will cause vomiting and diarrhoea, small fish are generally safe but it may be best to avoid clams, mussels and oysters.

Raw and undercooked eggs in foods such as mayonnaise are best avoided, but again items from major suppliers are sure to be safe. If you like a nice boiled egg in the morning when in self-catering, cook it well and always avoid washing the egg as this can cause bacteria from the shell to migrate to the egg itself, according to a study carried out by the University of Michigan.

The old rule about fruit still holds good, only eat it if it has a skin, bananas, oranges, pineapple, melons and mangoes to name a few. Fruit is good for us and there is no reason it cannot be enjoyed.

There has to be one food that should be avoided at all costs when abroad and that is undercooked meat and whilst steak tartare is delicious in an up market hotel or restaurant in the UK, do not go down that route when abroad, play it safe.

Water in European resorts is safe and complies with our standards, but if it makes you feel safer then choose only bottled water to drink, of course boiled for tea or coffee will not present any problems at all and most hotels in major cities will have a filtering system anyway.

Nobody wants to be ill on holiday and the chances of this happening in European resorts, the USA or Canada for example are extremely unlikely, have an enjoyable holiday and eat well.

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