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Food safety #531983
08/25/18 02:16 PM
08/25/18 02:16 PM
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Kim G. Offline OP
Kim G.  Offline OP
I am a kidney transplant recipient who is immune-suppressed due to the lifelong meds I must now take in order to NOT reject the new organ. Two plus years now, since surgery, and doing great.
My question is about general food safety and training on Caye Caulker, and the cooks and preppers utilizing that knowledge. We will be there for over a week in January. I know the basic rules/guidelines to protect myself, but I cannot know / control how people are handling food behind the scenes.
While I am more sensitive to react to food that is "off" than the average person, I also don't bounce back as easily.
Certainly, there would be food handling training available to those in the industry, but do you find that you can rely on those prepping and cooking to do the right thing? I'm not suggesting they deliberately don't, but a lax mindset could put me in the hospital, or worse.
Example: I can tell if meat or seafood is fully cooked, but I cannot possibly know that it was kept raw, cooked, and maintained, at *appropriate temperatures.

I won't be indulging in any street food, unfortunately...but are there some more reliable places to eat that you would recommend?

If anyone responds to this and wishes to elaborate and answer the next question that I would naturally have: If you had to go to the hospital for an emergency, which hospital would you trust, or which would you absolutely not?

And, if anyone thinks I'm overreacting / overthinking this, I have the gift of life to take care of. Please consider this.

Thank you kindly, in advance.

Re: Food safety [Re: Kim G.] #532006
08/27/18 05:51 AM
08/27/18 05:51 AM
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Diane Campbell Offline
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Glad you are healthy and living life to the fullest. Welcome to Belize!

Suggest posting these concerns on the Caye Caulker forum on this message board. Hopefully somebody from CC will have some experience and be able to help with suggested places to eat. They can also tell you about doctors etc on the island.

Hospitals - Belize City - Healthcare Partners, Belize Medical Associates. You need to pay up front for services, (even you have insurance that covers the treatment) - so take your credit card with you if you head over to the hospital. Not at all expensive compared to north american medical treatment. Good docs, good facilities.
Dr. Mark Musa is a great GI doc (medical associates) as is Dr. Irvin Gabriel, who has a private GI clinic right next door to Medical Associates.
Dr Hidalgo, internal medicine, is excellent and is at Healthcare Partners.

One food tip that is often argued/ignored - do NOT eat barracuda. Regardless of how it is cooked. On rare occasions they carry ciguatera and this is something nobody wants - especially you.

There are a few places here on AC with vegetarian and vegan options, not sure about CC. That would pretty much take you out of the danger zone?

Hopefully the biggest threat to your health will be sunburn. Enjoy your time in the cayes.

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