This is a post I wanted to make for a long time. I hope that it will be useful for everyone of you who has to eat food made by others without thinking about it. 😑
It bothers me to buy food from the fast food restaurants or even take aways, but unfortunately most of my food source comes from those establishments. 😞
Along the years I’ve learned lots of things about their hygiene. 😕And depending on the location where you find yourself, you’re most likely to eat dirty food most of the day unless you eat at McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, etc…. 😒
Let me explain:
In most of the countries, when you buy/take food from a private fast food such as a Kebab house, a Deli or even your friendly neighbor be sure that they’re going to prepare your food without washing their hands.
The cashier is the cook at the same time, so they take the money (with all its microbes and viruses), they answer the phone which is the most dirty thing around us (google it), they might even handshake their frequent customers and then touch your sandwich or your pizza or whatever you ordered without washing their hands or putting disposable gloves on.
I don’t want to go into details but unfortunately there is no hygiene in public food places. Half the year we can find flies walking and jumping on bread, cakes, sandwiches, vegetables …. and that doesn’t bother the customers ! 😲
Can you imagine flies walking on your food? 😨 Well….. that’s normal for most of the countries. Or you can find supermarkets where the bakery is self service, so the people/customers take the pasteries or bread they want with their bare hands (some people even dare to feel and touch some cakes or bread without buying them) . As they have contact with the food, they can touch, cough, pick them up if they fall and put them back….it’s disgusting ! 😵
When you vist your friends, they offer you biscuits for instance. But they didn’t wash their hands before (no offense please). They brush their hair before you arrive, they check their eyes in the mirror (with their hands), and then they open the door for you when you arrive. They ask you to make yourself at home and they jump to the kitchen to bring you coffee and something to eat. But did they bother to clean their hands first or will they take a look at their them and judge them clean as there is no sauce or dirt that they can see? 😕 According to them if they don’t see anything on their hands, they suppose that they are clean. 😡
Let me give you an example:
The last time I was in Switzerland I went to a Turkish/Italian Restaurant. I’ve ordered some plain pasta. There was a girl at the till, a boy who was making pizza and the cook. I couldn’t see the kitchen but I could see the cook coming out or in. As I always try to see who and how my food is prepared. After a while, I saw the cook coming out of the kitchen and going to the toilet. 😮
I was a little overturned by the fact that MY cook went to the toilet before my food was ready. And very seldom cooks washed their hands after doing their personal business. 😬
Guess what I saw?
The cook came out of the toilet very slowly, CLOSING HIS ZIP!! 😲 do you know why? because he didn’t wash his hands.
And that’s not all. I went toward the toilets as if I wanted to pee and looked inside the kitchen (perhaps he was washing his hands 😏). Do you know what I saw? God knows that I’ve never, ever imagined in my whole “experienced ” life that I could see such a thing 😶. My pasta was cooked, and He was pouring the pasta with HIS HANDS in the trays!! 😵 My God, I was shocked.
He just came out of the toilet with his wet fingers, directly into my food! 😨 The girl at the till was there helping him. She looked confused or perhaps ill at ease that I saw everything. When I told them that I would never buy that food, she became angry asking what was wrong. I told her everything. She defended her cook saying that her cook was clean and that he had washed his hands (how would she know, she wasn’t there at the time😕). I told her so, well the only thing she found to say was that I had to leave and to hurry.
I tried to put my review in google maps, but they weren’t on it so….. 😠
A very long time ago, I was just a child. We ordered chinese food by phone, which was customary in US. After a while the order was delivered. We began to eat when at a certain point my mom found something awful in the food: a big dead green fly.😲
Of course we vomited for a long time and then my dad went to the take away to show them what we’ve found.
The point is, never trust a fast food or restaurant if you can’t see the kitchen or toilets. Never eat something which can be touched or spoken on by anyone except by the seller if he/she is hygienic. Beware of what you ingest. Lots of diseases come from our own fault. Some people are used to taste grapes directly from the store without washing them or even washing their own hands and after they complain that they’ve fallen sick. I’ve seen some people put their car keys, their parking ticket or even their money in their mouth as if they were dogs! 😶
The good news is that some countries have rules for the food. Such as Portugal, Ireland and very often in Germany. The person at the till never touches the food with their hands, kitchen hats are always in use, they use gloves or tools to serve the customer, they wash their hands if they’re going to touch the food directly…. Those are special countries where you can eat more safely. 😊
Please be more careful with your health. And watch what you eat 😉