Recent outbreaks of foodborne illness remind us that under certain circumstances, familiar foods can lead to serious consequences, even death. Despite progress in improving the overall quality and safety of food produced in the U.S., significant food-borne illness ad death due to microbial pathogens still occur.
During the past few decades, several new important food-borne pathogens, some of which can grow at refrigeration temperatures, have been identified. Changes in demographics, consumer lifestyles food preferences and international trade have resulted in changes in food manufacture and distribution. Along with the ability to microorganism to evolve rapidly and adapt to their environment, these changes present new microbiological challenges to everyone, especially seniors.
Food Safety Guidelines
Federal studies show that seniors do a better job of handling food safely than any other age group. However, to stay safe, follow the following guidelines.
Cook foods to the proper temperatures. Use your stem thermometer
Go directly home after grocery shopping to place perishable in the refrigerator
Never thaw frozen food on the counter or sink
Refrigerate prepared foods and leftovers quickly
Sanitize all food surfaces, utensils and cutting boards with a product such as bleach
Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other foods
Wash hands frequently during meal preparation
Some publication through the Craven County Health Department include: