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The 5 worst dishes you can eat at buffet, according to food safety experts

INSIDER Logo By Tyler Chin of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 6: 
  
    
    Buffets are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria,
    especially when the people handling the food aren't being
    sanitary.
  
  Food that has been 
    sitting out too long, is not being kept at the proper
    temperature, or has been 
    mishandled by other patrons can be hazardous to your
    health.
  
  Food safety experts recommend taking a lap of the premises
  and choosing items wisely to minimize your chances of getting
  sick.
  
  
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  The appeal of buffets is clear: Why choose one menu item when you
  can have it all? But with increased quantity often comes
  decreased quality. And, in the case of buffets, a potential
  health risk. 

  Due to their large quantities of food and serve-yourself setup,
  buffets can be hotbeds of germs and bacteria that can cause
  foodborne illness, which affect 1 in 6
  Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease
  Control and Prevention. 

  That doesn't mean you can never eat at a buffet again, but you
  should be cautious. Here's what food safety experts say you
  should avoid in order to reduce your risk of falling ill after
  your next buffet visit.

The 5 worst dishes you can eat at buffet, according to food safety experts

The appeal of buffets is clear: Why choose one menu item when you can have it all? But with increased quantity often comes decreased quality. And, in the case of buffets, a potential health risk.

Due to their large quantities of food and serve-yourself setup, buffets can be hotbeds of germs and bacteria that can cause foodborne illness, which affect 1 in 6 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That doesn't mean you can never eat at a buffet again, but you should be cautious. Click through the slideshow above to find out what food safety experts say you should avoid in order to reduce your risk of falling ill after your next buffet visit.

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