- Dirty conditions in the public areas of a shop or restaurant can be a hint that things may be bad in the kitchen or behind the scenes where customers don’t go or access.
- Don’t ever buy a ‘tired-looking’ food that looks like it has been sitting at room temperature for a very long time.
- The term ‘doggy bag ‘emerged when food left uneaten at a restaurant was taken home for the family pet.
A restaurant has a huge responsibility to serve food that is safe to eat or consume. However, there are some basic steps and measures you can take in order to reduce the risk of food poisoning when eating outside your home.
Diverse types of food can make you sick. Food that contains dangerous viruses and bacteria may not taste, smell or look, any different from food that is safe. Food-poisoning bacteria and viruses are either in the food or are transferred to the food during cooking, preparation, serving or storage.
Food-poisoning bacteria have the tendency to grow and expand on some types of food containing curries, lasagnas and casseroles-dairy products, which includes custard and dairy-based desserts like cheesecakes and custard tarts.
- Egg products, such as mousse.
- Pasta and cooked rice.
- Small goods such as salamis and hams.
- Seafood, such as patties, fish balls, seafood salad, fish stews containing fish stock and seafood.
- Readymade salads like coleslaws, pasta salads and rice salads
- Fruit salads well prepared.
- Ready-to-eat foods, including pizzas, sandwiches and rolls that contain any of the food above.
When eating out, pay serious and special attention to how these high-risk foods are prepared, cooked, stored and served.
Choosing Where to Eat Out
When you choose to eat in a restaurant or buy takeaway Indian food in NYC, check whether:
- staff members are making use of separate utensils and equipment for handling raw and cooked foods, for instance, when preparing sandwiches
- staff members are using a clean cloth to wipe areas and surfaces
- raw and cooked foods are well separated and kept
- the toilets are quite clean
- the shop or restaurant is generally clean.
Dirty conditions in the public areas of a shop or restaurant can be a hint that things may be bad in the kitchen or behind the scenes where customers don’t go or access.
Hints for Buying Food
When buying or getting Indian food in NYC, remember:
- Hot food should be served to steam very hotly (60 °C and above). Avoid eating lukewarm food.
- Cold food should be displayed and seen on ice or in a refrigerated cabinet and should feel cold when you eat it.
- Pre-made sandwiches and rolls that contain perishable ingredients, such as chicken, fish, egg, cheese and meat, should be stored in a refrigerated cabinet or kept at room temperature for less than four hours.
Don’t ever buy a ‘tired-looking’ food that looks like it has been sitting at room temperature for a very long time.
Hamburgers, minced meat, stuffed or rolled roasts and chicken must be cooked right through – there should be no pink or off-color meat. Do not eat meats that are not properly cooked. Return them immediately you see they’re undercooked.
Chops, steak, and whole cuts of red meat can be cooked to your taste and choice as contaminants are usually on the surface of the meat and killed during the cooking process.
Takeaway food should be served in clean and appropriate takeaway containers and at the appropriate temperature.
Things to look out for when eating in a restaurant
- the cutlery and plates they use are clean.
- the food that will be served are stored over burners at 60 °C or in hot food display cabinets
- cold food is displayed on ice or in refrigerated cabinets at 5 °C or less
- each food dish has its own serving utensils
- foods are covered by some type of guard
- fresh food is refilled and replenished regularly
Taking Food Home
When you have takeaway Indian food in NYC, eat it within a few hours or take it home and put it in the fridge immediately. Endeavour it is eaten within few days. Dispose any high-risk food that has been left in the temperature danger zone of between 5 °C and 60 °C for more than four hours.
Doggy bags are not the same as takeaway foods. Takeaway food is meant to be eaten away from the premises, and it’s served by the food business at a suitable temperature and in suitable takeaway containers.
The term ‘doggy bag‘ emerged when food left uneaten at a restaurant was taken home for the family pet. However, some customers take these bags home and eat the food themselves.