The last thing you want when you set off on holiday is to spend most of your time nursing a stomach ache and suffering from vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration, but sadly, food poisoning is one of the most common holiday ailments, but did you know that it is possible to get food poisoning from non-meat products?
If you’re counting down the days until your summer holiday, here are some simple tips to help you avoid travel accidents and keep food poisoning at bay:
Which foods can cause food poisoning?
Although most cases of food poisoning abroad are linked to undercooked meat, it is possible to contract food poisoning from non-meat products which have not been stored, prepared or cooked properly.
Cross-contamination can affect non-meat products, especially when raw meat is prepared using the same utensils or equipment as raw foods, which will not be cooked, such as vegetables or salad.
Dairy products can also cause poisoning if they are past their sell by date and salmonella is commonly caused by undercooked or raw eggs. Soft cheeses such as brie and camembert can also cause food poisoning related to listeria bacteria in cases where the products have passed their use by date.
Tips for avoiding food poisoning
Food poisoning can affect anyone and sometimes it’s impossible to avoid; however, there may be some steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming ill overseas, including:
- ensure any meat you eat, particularly chicken, is cooked right through
- ensure your food is piping hot; send it back if it is lukewarm or it has been standing around for a long time
- drink bottled water and wash salad and fruit in bottled or boiled water
- steer clear of unpasteurised milk and cheese
- avoid food that has been left in the open and may have been touched by flies, such as all-inclusive buffets
Avoiding travel accidents
Holiday accidents can turn the perfect break into a real nightmare, so follow these simple tips to avoid accidents abroad:
- avoid running by the pool to reduce the risk of slips and trips
- take care when swimming in pools and at the beach; stick to the flagged areas and try to keep to areas that are supervised by a lifeguard
- take extra care when driving abroad; pay attention to the speed limits and always wear a seat belt
- drink in moderation: alcohol affects your balance, coordination and reaction times, increasing the risk of accidents
Making a claim for travel accident compensation
If you think you have a case for travel accident compensation, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to discuss the details of your holiday accident claim with an expert.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice