10. Raw Oysters

raw oysters

Oysters are delicious. However, if you want to avoid food poisoning, you may want to avoid consuming this delicacy. Vibrio bacteria live in the same waters that oysters inhabit. The CDC points out that oysters pull seawater in through their gills in order to filter their food. This means that Vibrio bacteria can enter the tissues of the oyster. When you consume uncooked oysters, you may ingest bacteria as well.

9. Raw Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts

Skip the fancy salads, sandwiches, or entrees that sport raw sprouts. Sprouts carry a risk of bacteria, which is difficult to wash away. According to government Food Safety information, those at greatest risk of illness from infected sprouts are the very young, the very old, those with weak immune systems, and pregnant women.

8. Ice

Ice

You may want to tell your waiter to hold the ice in your beverage. Unfortunately, ice machines may not get a thorough cleaning and can harbor bacteria and pathogens. Ice machines found in fast food restaurants, upscale restaurants, and hospital kitchens are all at risk of contamination. Food Safety Magazine reports that better practices need to be put into place to prevent spreading illness through unsanitary ice-making equipment.


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