Food Poisoning in Peru

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

Have you fallen ill from food or drink, had food poisoning in Peru, 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 Peru 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 Peru?

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RICHARD PACKARD

September 7th, 2009

PEALED FRUITS SUCH AS PAPAYA AND OF COURSE UNPEALED FRESH TOMATOES WERE A KNOWN CAUSE OF BACTERIA BORNE ILLNESS FOR ME ON 2 RECENT TRIPS TO PERU. THIS WAS IN THE SACRED VALLEY AREA AND I REMAINED ILL FOR SEVERAL DAYS.I KNOW BETTER EATING UNPEALED VEGGIES-MY FAULT ON THAT ONE. BUY WHOLE FRUITS AND VEGGIES AND PEAL THEM YOURSELF. BON APPETITE!!!!!

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I Jian Lin

May 3rd, 2011

Do not eat any seafood particularly shell fish and "white fish". and most importantly, do not eat any fish after 2PM period because they are never iced and left in open most of the day.If not days, That includes 5 star hotels. BUt the fortunate thing is that you can purchase Cipro without prescription from doctors at any pharmacies. Do not eat any food with seafood sauce or soup, definitely do not drink any water unless it is bottled, including brushing teeth and at restaurants. No ice in drinks or have any "fresh juices" that is made with water. That includes salads which is washed with water.

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Jaylene

June 13th, 2011

Wow, thats a really clever way of thinking about it!

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Clau

April 1st, 2012

I was in Cusco last week. I went to eat Lomo Saltado, and got extremely sick. Please avoid "campestre" restaurants which are outside of the city family restaurants. If you are not used eating at this type of restaurants, you may get sick with the food and the water.

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