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Eating out can be lots of fun – so make it an enjoyable experience by following some simple guidelines to avoid foodborne illness.  Remember to observe your food when it is served, and don’t ever hesitate to ask questions before you order.  Waiters and waitresses can be quite helpful if you ask how a food is prepared.  Also, let them know you don’t want any food item containing raw meat, poultry, seafood, sprouts, or eggs.
Basic Rules for Ordering
•    Ask whether the food contains uncooked ingredients such as eggs, sprouts, meat, poultry, or seafood.  If so, choose something else.
•    Ask how these foods have been cooked.  If the server does not know the answer, ask to speak to the chef to be sure your food has been cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature.
•    If you plan to get a “doggy bag” or save leftovers to eat at a later time, refrigerate perishable foods as soon as possible – and always within 2 hours after purchase or delivery. If the leftover is in air temperatures above 90 °F, refrigerate within 1 hour.
If in doubt, make another selection!


Tips for Transporting Food
•    Keep cold food cold, at 40 °F or below. To be safest, place cold food in cooler with ice or frozen gel packs. Use plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Cold food should be at 40 °F or below the entire time you are transporting it.
•    Hot food should be kept at 140 °F or above. Wrap the food well and place in an insulated container.

Stay “Food Safe” When Traveling Internationally
Discuss your travel plans with your physician before traveling to other countries. Your physician may have specific recommendations for the places you are visiting, and may suggest extra precautions or medications to take on your travels

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