Food Safety for Seniors-FDA Office of Women’s Health
Older people need a healthy diet. It can help them avoid sickness. A healthy diet includes a range of foods. But raw foods are risky because they can heave a lot of germs in them.
Why do seniors get sick from raw foods?
As we age, it can get harder and harder to fight off germs. It’s easier to get sick from germs in your food. Having diabetes, kidney disease or some cancer treatments also may add to your risk.
What foods should I avoid?
*Raw shellfish, such as oysters, clams, mussels and scallops
*Raw meat or poultry
*Raw or unpasteurized milk or cheese
*Soft cheese such as feta, brie, blue and Mexican-style
*Raw or lightly cooked eggs or egg products such as salad dressings, cookie dough, cake batter, sauces and drinks such as eggnog
*Unpasteurized or untreated juice from fruits and veggies
In the U.S., almost all juice is treated to kill germs. This makes it safe to drink. The FDA requires a warning label on all juices that have not been treated. The label says:
Warning: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly and persons with a weak immune system.
FDA (Food & Drug Administration) Office of Women’s Health
To learn more:
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Food Information and Seafood Hotline
Phone: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Meat & Poultry Hotline
Partnership for Food Safety Education
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the FDA handout. Please call or email the above numbers for more information.