Making safe food and drink choices while travelling can mean the difference between having a great time, or spending the majority of your trip in the bathroom. As travel medicine practitioners we can (and do) educate travellers on safe food and drink choices before they depart, but often what we tell them goes in one ear and out the other. And of course, we cannot be by our travellers’ sides when they are making food and drink decisions on the run.
But this is where ‘Can I Eat This?’ comes in handy. Created by the CDC, the app helps travellers decide whether or not a particular food or beverage is safe to eat or drink.
How does it work?
The interface is pretty straightforward. Once you’ve selected the country you’re visiting and whether you’re eating or drinking, the app will ask you a few short questions about what it is, where you bought it, and how it is packaged or served. It will then tell you if the food or beverage is probably OK or probably not OK to eat or drink.
For example, let’s say you’re in Bangkok, Thailand and you’re wondering if you should buy a meal from a street vendor. “You probably shouldn’t eat it” says the app. “Street vendors in developing countries are not well regulated and the food may be contaminated. That skewer of mystery meat may look tempting, but we’d hate for you to spend the rest of your vacation in the bathroom.”
Why will travellers like this app?
This app is easy to use and informative. The cheeky commentary makes it fun for both kids and adults. Content can be accessed off-line, so travellers can check their food and drink choices on the go without needing an internet connection.
The bottom line Can I Eat This?
Created by the CDC, the app Can I Eat This? helps travellers decide whether or not a particular food or beverage is safe to eat or drink.
Category: food and drink
Devices: iOS, Android
Pros: Simple interface, informative, content available offline
Cons: Answers can be repetitive
Overall rating: ★★★★☆