Eating Abroad
Resources > Tips > Eating Abroad

Are you a Smart Kitchen™ Chef?

Try it FREE or take a TOUR to explore Smart Kitchen!
+ -


If you are out of the country, especially in areas where tapeworm infections are endemic, you need to take extra precautions when it comes to food. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people traveling abroad should wash their hands with soap and water before handling food; should wash and peel all raw vegetables and fruits with clean water before eating; and should drink only bottled or boiled water (boiled for 1 minute or so), or carbonated drinks in cans or bottles. Never eat raw or undercooked meat and fish. If unsure, ensure that your food is well cooked. 

If you are doing the cooking get your foods out of the Danger Zone by heating them with cooking. Freezing meat & fish before cooking can also help with tapeworms. for example, freezing fresh fish for 24 hours kills the both the tapeworm cysts & the larval form. Freezing meat for 8-10 days may help with Trichinosis as well, but most other pathogens just hibernate with cold and come back good as new when thawed. Anthelmintic drugs can be used prophylactically if you are traveling to an endemic area. Consult your doctor for the best solution for you.