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Resorts and foodborne illnesses

Now that spring is in full swing; many tourists are flocking to Florida. One common concern that many tourists do not think about while they are vacationing is food poisoning. Most tourists spend their time visiting local attractions and restaurants to sample the food and amenities they offer. According to The Atlantic Media Company, each year, “food poisoning affects approximately 48 million people in the United States.”

How foodborne illness occurs

Food workers who use improper food safety and handling practices and do not cook food properly are leading causes of transmission for foodborne illnesses, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People should pay attention to the foods they eat when they are away from home. If they plan to eat foods that they normally do not consume, they should do so in moderation.

Avoiding food poisoning

Tourists should inquire about how their food is prepared. They should always request bottle water and avoid ice cubes. Drinking water from unknown and questionable sources can lead to food poisoning. Travelers should also avoid uncooked foods, such as sushi, raw eggs, meats, fish and vegetables. They should reduce their consumption of fruits to those that require them to peel them, such as bananas and apples.

People who develop food poisoning while dining at restaurants and resorts may file liability claims against their owners. Food poisoning incidents at resorts and hotels are preventable. Hotel and resort owners are responsible for ensuring that all food and beverages that are available for their guests are safe for them to consume.