Buffet dining has always been a popular way of eating Asian food. With such a varied array of sumptuous foodstuffs available, it makes sense to have the option of sampling from a number of dishes rather than opting for any one in particular.
Unfortunately, this can sometimes put the customer at risk of food poisoning from an Asian buffet. One problem is the fact that rice is a staple component of the lot of items on any Asian menu, and this is one foodstuff that can harbour contamination.
Research has shown that rice is the main source of inorganic arsenic in the human diet. It can also contain the bacteria Bacillus Cereus, a common cause of gastric upsets. In order to avoid contamination, rice must be thoroughly cooked so that it is heated all the way through.
In a fast food situation this is not always done thoroughly, especially where small portions of rice are being spread around numerous separate main courses. After cooking, rice must be handled properly, so that any remaining bacteria do not multiply to the point where they become toxic. Rice must never be reheated, and any leftovers disposed of on the same day.
What are the symptoms of food poisoning from an Asian buffet?
There are three main symptoms indicating that anyone has become infected after eating contaminated food. There will be severe stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhoea. Gastric upsets can be more serious if the person affected is a child, is elderly, or is already suffering from a condition that affects their immune system. The symptoms will persist for anything up to 48 hours, but can usually be treated with rest, as well as taking on-board fluids to replace those which have been lost due to the excessive sickness and diarrhoea.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen