- What can I eat and drink safely while I am in Ghana?
Most Ghanaian foods are refreshingly tasty and spicy. Yams, rice, plantains, seafood, and meat comprise the staples of the Ghanaian diet. In addition, fresh fruits and vegetables are widely available with some degree of regional and seasonal variety. The most common fruits are pineapples, coconuts, oranges mangoes and some vegetables like tomatoes and onions.
Many types of bacteria are naturally present in food while others make their way from contaminated water, air, soil, animals, equipment, and people. To ensure that you are practicing and enjoying food safety review the following guidelines:
- Check for cleanliness in food stores and restaurants. Dirty conditions in public areas indicate that things are worse in the kitchen.
- It’s best to eat foods hot or cold and avoid foods that are left at room temperature.
- Unpeeled raw foods and salads should be properly washed and soaked with chlorine or iodine solutions in purified water for 20 minutes; then rinsed again with purified water. Many of the major hotels and restaurants properly treat salad materials - it is important to know this treatment has taken place before dining.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before eating or preparing food.
- Keep hand sanitizers with you at all times.