With Cocina Verify,™ travelers can choose the safest restaurants, while transforming lives, and enhancing communities in Latin America and beyond. 

Restaurants featured on Cocina Verify™ have had their water tested, their employees trained in food safety, and their restaurants inspected, based on U.S. FDA food safety code standards. This information helps consumers make more informed decisions about which restaurants to visit during their travels and which to avoid. 

Travelers Want Safe Food

Foodborne illness is one of the most pressing concerns among international travelers. Many restaurants in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are not equipped or trained in food safety and, therefore, travelers in these areas risk becoming ill – or even dying – from consuming contaminated food or water when dining out.

Cocina Verify Restaurants Care

Our restaurants have safe water, employees who are trained in food safety, and regular inspections conducted by U.S. food safety professionals. Stay safer by trusting measurable standards, not subjective consumer reviews.

Transforming Lives

Travelers who choose Cocina Verify restaurants will help provide vital food safety education, professional development, and continuing education opportunities for restaurant employees in Latin America and beyond.

The Cocina Verify™ website serves as the definitive source to validate what restaurants are currently active and participating in the program. If the restaurant claims to be Cocina Verify™ listed, but is not found on the website, they are not currently participating in the program.

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We decided to get certified with Cocina Verify™ because we always seek excellence and with your help, we managed to improve many aspects to have a Cocina Verify™ restaurant and to comply with the highest international standards of food handling.

Decidimos certificarnos porque siempre buscamos la excelencia. Con la ayuda de Cocina Verify™, logramos mejorar muchos aspectos para tener un restaurante certificado, y así cumplir con los mas altos estándares internacionales de manipulación de los alimentos.

- Vanessa Gaviria La Cassina, Dominican Republic


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  • Is it possible to guarantee a 100% food safe dining experience?

    Nowhere in the world can a 100% food safe dining experience be guaranteed. Food safety is based upon the level of risk to the public. It is the goal of Cocina Verify™ to reduce the risk of food-borne illness to people who choose to eat at restaurants that have been listed on the Cocina Verify™ website.

  • How does Cocina Verify work?

    Restaurants that choose to participate in and pass Cocina Verify™ requirements will have the following in common:

    Each restaurant must pass U.S. EPA standards for microbiological contaminants

    Restaurant employees must pass an internationally recognized food safety training course.

    Restaurants must pass a minimum of two, third-party restaurant inspections per year. These inspections are performed by vetted food safety inspectors from the United States and based on the U.S. FDA Food Code.

    The Cocina Verify™ website serves as the definitive source about which restaurants are currently active and participating in the Cocina Verify™ program. If the restaurant claims to be part of the Cocina Verify™ program, but is not featured on the website, they are not currently participating in the program.

  • Why do so many people get sick when traveling to countries outside of the United States, Australia, and Western Europe?

    The Centers for Disease Control states that “Poor hygiene practice in local restaurants is likely the largest contributor to the risk for Traveler’s Diarrhea... Attack rates range from 30% to 70% of travelers, depending on the destination and season of travel.”

    Connor, Bradley, A. Traveler’s Health. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015. Web. 10 Oct. 2015.

  • Isn’t travelers diarrhea just from eating food that my body is not used to having?

    No, most cases of Traveler’s Diarrhea come from bacteria, such as strains of E. Coli, Campylobacter, and others.

    These bacteria are normally found in the digestive tracts of warm-blooded animals, including humans.

    Poor hygiene practices by food handlers/preparers are one of the many ways that bacteria enter the digestive tract, which often results in Traveler’s Diarrhea.

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