Be Safe at Lunch and Dinner Buffets

You may think that you have the gut of a billy goat, or that it is coated with steel. The fact is that anyone is susceptible to any kind of food poisoning. The next time you decide that you are going to throw caution to the wind and pig out at a dinner buffet, you should think about whether it is worth it or not. There are a few things you should take into consideration if you decide you are going to dine at your favorite all you can eat.

Food poisoning is very real,and it can occur at a dinner buffet easier then it can at other places. So the best time to get food at a buffet is when most of the empty serving trays have just been replaced by “fresh” food from the back. The reason for this is that after the food has sat for a while it tends to get contaminated with all kinds of things that other people bring to the table. You can avoid this by paying close attention to when the food is being brought out.

Even if you really love seafood, you should avoid seafood buffets if possible. The same goes for lunch meats. The reason for this is that both of these foods will need to be kept cool, and should not sit out for any lengthy periods of time. Unless you have seen the servers bring the trays you really should not eat.

Dishes with mayonnaise should be avoided at all costs. Mayonnaise salads like tuna, egg, and chicken salads are very sensitive to temperature. They will spoil faster than any other foods at a buffet. Cold foods should be kept cold and hot foods should be kept at the proper temperature and should be kept out for the proper amount of time. These are the most important things to keep in mind when eating out at a buffet. Unless you are certain of these two factors when you show up to eat, you may be rolling the dice.