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SAFE Food, NOT Diarrhea, Food Safety tips 4Greece

Preventing Travelers’ Diarrhea

Travelers diarrhea is very common
Travelers’ Diarrhea is the top

Recognize it : These are the symptoms

 The symptoms of uncomplicated diarrhea include:

  • Bloating or cramping
  • Thin or loose stool
  • Watery stool
  • Frequent or urgent-feeling bowel movements
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mild fever

Inspect where you eat 

Don't Get Travelers Diarrhea
Don’t eat at a place that looks dirty. I know, the road side stands have the best food, and they can often be safer than a normal restaurant. Travel health is all about risk management. Is it is worth the chance? This is an individual choice.


The salads 

Of outbreaks caused by infected food workers, 54% involve food workers touching ready-to-eat-foods with their bare hands

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  • Ready-to-eat foods are foods that are ready to be served without additional preparation, such as washed raw fruits and vegetables for salads or sandwiches, baked goods, or items that have already been cooked.

Why not make such fresh salads yourself?

Read all the Fresh Green Information , buy and make your salad by your own while in Greece, straight from Greek land. 

Find where to buy it  

wash your hands in Greece

Alternative: fresh lemon / vinegar 

click on the image for more 

the seafood 

fresh oysters in Greece, what to take care of

Watch out the oysters . Better eat them only from the coldest waters of the seas....  Even throughout oysters are consider high risk to consume while traveling, in Greece , it;s true you cannot hesitate . The good thing is, they're brought straight from the sea, so if fresh, they're fully healthy. But make sure , they are fresh. Ask the restaurant, and insist, it's for the safety of both of you 

meat and chicken 

food safety in Greece

Cook meat and poultry thoroughly.

minimum temepratures for food safety

Kitchen Safety . Always in mind

How your kitchen, and every kitchen that serves you in Greece sgould be

How your kitchen, 

or any kitchen in Greece

that serves you, should at least be 


  • Hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards should always be washed well with dish soap and water after handling and preparing uncooked foods.

  • Be aware that Listeria monocytogenes can grow in foods in the refrigerator.  The refrigerator should be 40°F or lower and the freezer 0°F or lower.

  • Spills in  refrigerator should be cleaned up  right away–especially juices from hot dog and lunch meat packages, raw meat, and raw poultry.

  • Walls and shelves of  refrigerator should be cleaned with hot water and liquid soap, then rinse.

Greek CDC to Hoteliers in Greece Special Page

Go to our fully updated special Page by official food safety protection guidelines for restaurants 

Take care of the ice 

watch out , your ice cube might infect you with Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A (including the US). You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Greece, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.

( Yellow Book for Travellers, Destination Greece)

Remember the pool 

what to know in Greece

Chances for Travelers Diarrhea in Greece not so low

cdc Travelers Diarrhea map

Greece is in Yellow Color on Travelers Health , presentation  of 2012, map of 2005 

Update, Summer 2016 In Greece: Salmonella 

A severe gastroenteritis outbreak in Viotia region of Greece, after a mass gathering and dinner in a local tavern, has lead to one death so far and some dozens of hospitalizations and set on Emergency the Greek Centers o f Disease Control . It is said that the mass food poisoning which has shocked the local community is due to salmonella, June 25, 2016


Holiday Illness cases, a headache for the tour operators

The most common ailments when travelling abroad are food poisoning (or, notoriously, tap-water) from hotels or restaurants, and bacterial illnesses picked up from dirty swimming pools.

In August 2014 , Even before the credit crunch, more holidaymakers needed medical treatment in Greece than almost any other country, with gastroenteritis among the most usual reasons for a hospital stay according to
Your tour operator is responsible for any of the above failings and should you fall ill or sick as a consequence of poor food handling practices or shoddy standards of hygiene at your hotel then you are entitled to receive compensation.

Norovirus and the need to Not Touch Surfaces

In Greece August 2014 the mysterious virus affected almost half of the 1,400 hotel guests, including 400-500 French tourists, at least 100 Israelis and about 80 Russians go to story  

Protect yourself of Listeria 

Salmonella infection


  • Listeria is a hardy germ that can even grow on foods that are refrigerated.
  • Listeria can hide unnoticed in the equipment or appliances where food is prepared, including in factories and grocery stores.

Listeria is dangerous

  • When someone eats food contaminated with Listeria, sickness or miscarriage may not occur until weeks later when it is difficult to identify which food was the source.

  • Listeria can contaminate many foods that we don't usually cook, like deli meats, cheeses and sprouts.
  • Some foods we might not suspect can be contaminated with Listeria and cause sickness and outbreaks, such as cantaloupe and celery.

Remember the Heat 

food safety temperature to cook and keep

Keep food warm once cooked 

take care during heat waves on your food safety rules

Caution: The Danger Zone is usually the day temperature for Greece during the summer . Be sure you don;t consume  food that has been left out of the heat or the refrigeratort