Seniors and Food Poisoning

Q:  As I get older, are there certain dietary changes I should make to help reduce my risk of contracting food poisoning?

Ask-the-Experts-Dans-Wellness-Newsletter-October-2015A:  To reduce risks of illness from bacteria in food, seniors (and others who face special risks of illness) are advised not to eat:

  • Raw fish and shellfish.
  • Hot dogs and luncheon meats, unless reheated until steaming hot.
  • Raw or unpasteurized milk or soft cheeses unless labeled “made with pasteurized milk.”
  • Unpasteurized refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable items may be eaten.
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is contained in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Canned or shelf-stable smoked seafood may be eaten.
  • Salads purchased from a store or deli, such as ham salad, chick salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  • Raw or lightly cooked eggs or products containing raw eggs such as salad dressings, cookie or cake batter, sauces and egg nog.
  • Raw meat or poultry.
  • Raw sprouts.
  • Unpasteurized or untreated fruit or vegetable juice.

–Source:  U.S. Food and Drug Administration