Food Poisoning in Indonesia

Traveler advisories and reported cases of food poisoning and foodborne illness in Indonesia.

Have you fallen ill from food or drink, had food poisoning in Indonesia, or know the details of another traveler who has? Please submit information about what was consumed, where, or what others should avoid consuming.

True food poisoning occurs when a person ingests a contaminating chemical or a natural toxin, while most cases of foodborne illness are caused by a variety of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites that contaminate food. Such contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage.

Symptoms typically begin several hours to several days after ingestion and can include one or more of the following: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or fatigue. In most cases the body is able to permanently recover after a short period of acute discomfort and illness. However, foodborne illness can result in permanent health problems or even death, especially in babies, young children, pregnant women (and their fetuses), elderly people, sick people and others with weak immune systems.

It's typically in the best interest of a business to keep their customers healthy, but is there a particular restaurant or market in Indonesia that you know of which consistently has problems with health and hygiene? Are there any food or drink items that travelers should exercise extreme caution with while visiting Indonesia?

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February 8th, 2012


1. Stones in Rice Break Teeth - and give a big laugh to a local… I found this a common problem when going to cafes and restaurants often only in my food though - so was just your usual Westerner hate crimes and really only see aimed towards bules in Indonesia is the main problem I found…

2. HEAT PROBLEMS - Another problem was just how food could be left out in the heat for hours and then served… especially avoid places on the street unless you know someone…

3. FOOD POISONING BY LOCAL WOMEN AS A SCAM - Javanese Women use food poisoning to spike their boyfriends food in order to carry out some kind of scam… i found this a real problem with Javanese mostly as again seem to have a culture of racism towards Westerners and this was a scam i found myself to be a problem with meeting Javanese women… So unless you have lots of information about the woman you are with then just better to avoid Javanese women all together as not worth taking the risk, right!

4. AVOID FOOD YOU DONT MAKE YOURSELF - So just avoid anywhere you don't know basically dont trust any Indonesian with making food unless in top restaurant like all the 'Politicians and Police go to… so just follow Policemen in Indonesia as they know the best places…

Otherwise just avoid Indonesian as this is what most Indo's want anyway - no white people in "their" country… better to go some more less racist country and friendly place instead is the best advice… then the Indo's will be happy and you wont have to suffer some Javanese woman food poisoning you to get your money or some other scam…

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