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Look out for these red flags before you eat at a buffet
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When you’re looking for a cheap meal, a buffet can be a great option. A well-run buffet lets you taste a number of local foods in one meal (like at Brown Sugar in Barbados)—but of course, the “well-run” part is important. A poorly maintained buffet is an easy way to get sick. So how do you know if the food is safe to eat?

In a post from last week, SmarterTravel asked a food safety professional for buffet warning signs to look out for. If you see any of these things, she says, stay clear:

  • Food that’s supposed to be hot isn’t hot.
  • Food that’s supposed to be cold is thawing or melting.
  • Buffet workers put new food on top of old food instead of replacing an entire container of old food with a new container of fresh food.

The CDC has similar advice, saying you should “avoid food served lukewarm.”

It’s also worth reading up online on a place or otherwise vetting it, which is a good practice anytime you’re going out to eat. And if you do think you’ve gotten sick while traveling, from a buffet or something else, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Look Out for These Red Flags Before You Eat at a Buffet
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  1. Janet|

    Absolutely correct about lukewarm food. It is so important to be aware when you go the buffet route. On our second trip to Java, we couldn’t wait to get to our favorite restaurant that had a big buffet we walked in at 4ish and the food was just sitting there in the heat without being heated…needless to say, we walked right out!

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