Who doesn’t enjoy a meal out at a restaurant? It’s nice to sometimes get out of the house and have someone do all the food prep and cooking for you. Just like in your home, germs are everywhere at restaurants. You can take some simple steps to avoid restaurant germs so your meal out stays fun and healthy.
- Wash your hands after you order. Studies have found that menus are some of the germiest restaurant surfaces. Once you place your order, head to the restroom to wash your hands before your food arrives. That will prevent the bacteria from the menu from getting into your food. As a reminder, wash your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds. Use a paper towel to dry your hands, turn off the faucet and open the door when you are finished.
- Keep hand sanitizer handy. Other germy surfaces in restaurants include ketchup and other condiment bottles. If you use them, give your hands a quick clean with sanitizer before you touch anything else.
- Skip the lemons. I love a slice of lemon, lime or orange in my ice water. Studies have found that 70% of sliceshave disease-causing bacteria ranging from fecal matter to germs found in saliva. Experts say the chances of you getting sick from this are slim, but why take an unnecessary risk?
- Don’t get discouraged. Just because we blog a lot about restaurant-related foodborne illnesses doesn’t mean you are more likely to get sick when dining out. It turns out, more people get foodborne illnesses in their own homes than they do while dining out. That’s because restaurant employees are trained in food safety techniques. Check out these home food safety tips to keep your family healthy!
ABC News: 7 Tips to Ward off Restaurant Germs