Food & Drink

What is safe and what is not
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SAFE

UNSAFE

Water that is bottled by a reliable source or adequately disinfected by a reliable method -- see "Disinfection of Water for Travelers" (PDF)

Water from "springs" or other surface sources, open wells, rainbarrels, and tap water (even in luxury hotels)

Pasteurized or irradiated milk or cheese. (Note: irradiated milk may be sold in locations where refrigeration is unreliable. It should be sold in a sealed container at room temperature, and only requires refrigeration after the container is opened. Untreated or raw milk or cheese made from such milk
Local, factory-brewed and -bottled beer or carbonated beverages

Fermented drinks prepared in home breweries or distilleries

Any of the above beverages served without ice Any beverage served with ice, unless it is ice that you have made yourself from disinfected or bottled water.

Meats, poultry, and seafood that are thoroughly cooked and served piping hot without delay.

Meat or seafoods that are undercooked or raw, or those that are served or reheated after standing at ambient temperature for more than 1 hour.

Dry foods: bread, cake, crackers, heavily-sweetened yogurt

Cold sauces, soups, puddings, unsweetened yogurt (Note: ice cream may not be safe; inquire from reliable local sources)

Cooked vegetables served hot; raw fruits and vegetables that have been peeled (preferably by you).

Raw vegetables that cannot be peeled (e.g., lettuce, celery, bok choy); salad bars

Highly sugared foods (e.g., cake icing, sugar-based candies)

Confections with uncooked ingredients (especially eggs), but unsweetened

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