Food Poisoning in the Czech Republic

Traveler advisories and reported cases of food poisoning and foodborne illness in the Czech Republic.

Have you fallen ill from food or drink, had food poisoning in the Czech Republic, 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 the Czech Republic 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 the Czech Republic?

Further reading about foodborne illness

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Mrs Mary Harris

April 11th, 2010

My husband and I have just come back from holiday in Prague and we both had food poisoning in two different places. Kavarna Bresto at 31 Stepanaka and Grand Hotel Evropa in Wenceslas Square. We have both been very ill with vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea, abdominal pains and fatigue. Be very cautious about what you eat in these places please. 11/04/10 Mary

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October 20th, 2013

I got terrible food poisoning in Olomouc from one of 2 places: our Hotel's free breakfast, or a nice restaurant where we ate lunch. My advice for travelers: eat only COOKED food. Opt for scrambled eggs vs. the popular sunny-side-up version. You may see on your plate some lovely fresh cucumber slices, fresh peppers and tomatoes. You may think you are getting some much-needed vitamins, but these are a popular source of cross-contamination from meats. Trust me, the extra vitamins are not worth the risk. Just bring some multi-vitamins with you. These are temporary precautions you should take, considering that the Czech Republic is considered an "Intermediate Risk" level for food-poisoning. I learned the hard way….

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