food poisoning

Food Safety for Adults Ages 60 and Over

Most people who get food poisoning can have a full recovery. But for older adults, serious longer-term problems can be more common. .

 

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or food-related illness) is caused by eating food that has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites.  Food can become contaminated by these microorganisms at any time before you eat it, including at home during:

  • handling
  • storing
  • cooking

There are many signs of food poisoning, but most types cause one or more of the following:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain and cramps
  • fever and chills

Symptoms

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E. coli

Foods contaminated with E. coli look, smell and taste normal. The good news is, E. coli and many other harmful bacteria can be killed by cooking food properly.

 
What is E. coli?
Escherichia coli (E. coli) are bacteria that live naturally in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. Most E. coli are harmless to humans, but some varieties carry genes that allow them to cause disease.

The bacteria can be transferred to the outer surface of meat during butchering. Processing can then spread the bacteria throughout the meat. Raw fruits and vegetables can also become contaminated …

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Foodborne Illness Prevention

Protecting Yourself from Foodborne Illness

What can consumers do to protect themselves from foodborne illness? A few simple precautions can reduce their risk of getting sick from contaminated food.

 
Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly.

* Using a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria.
* Eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm.

Separate:  Don’t cross-contaminate one food with another.

* Avoid cross-contaminating foods by washing hands, utensils, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they …

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Food Safety for Adults Over 60

Food safety is important for everyone, especially older adults, and eating a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to protect your health.

 
Food safety is important for everyone, and eating a nutritious and balanced diet is one of the best ways to protect your health. However, as we age it becomes harder for our immune systems to ward off harmful bacteria. Chronic diseases such as diabetes and kidney disease can make fighting off infections even more difficult.

To reduce the risk of food poisoning (also known as food-related illness or foodborne illness), it is essential …

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Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Are Deadly Serious

Many outbreaks of foodborne disease result from food being contaminated when it is being prepared or served by a food worker with unwashed or improperly washed hands.

Many outbreaks result from food being contaminated when it is being prepared or served by a food worker with unwashed or improperly washed hands. Scientific evidence shows that preventing illness begins with the basics. Wash your hands thoroughly, with soap, before and after handling food. It can prevent illness and even death.

Germs such as norovirus, Salmonella, and E. coli cause thousands of illnesses and deaths in the United States each year. …

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