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Top 3 Dangerous Food Preparation Mistakes

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Top 3 Dangerous Food Preparation Mistakes

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor

Elderly people are at increased risk of food-borne illness because as they age, their immune systems become weaker. In fact, the website for the Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year about 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food-borne diseases. The most severe cases tend to occur in the very old.

The good news is that food poisoning can be prevented if you follow proper home food safety practices.

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Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, spoke with AgingCare.com about home food safety for elderly people. “Since older adults are at particular risk for food-borne illness, good food safety habits are extremely crucial.”

Ms. Frechman says three common cooking and food preparation mistakes can result in unsafe food and potential food poisoning.

Related:
Planning Seniors’ Meals: Avoiding the Hidden Traps of Food Labels
Ten Reasons Why Your Aging Parent May Not Be Eating Properly
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Top 3 Food Preparation Mistakes That Cause Food-borne Illness originally appeared on AgingCare.com

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2:17PM PDT on Jul 17, 2012

The info is rather useful. Thanks!

10:34AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

thanks

10:33AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

thanks

10:49PM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

thanks for the tips

1:57AM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Don't forget, cooked food that has been sitting in the fridge for more than 5 days may not be good either.

Raw meats should be cooked within 48 hours, and once cooked, should be eaten within 5 days. If you're sure you're not going to eat it that soon, freeze it.

7:10PM PDT on Oct 4, 2011

Thank you for helpful advice.

10:08AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks.

7:14AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thanks for the info!

12:41AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Great article.

10:42PM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

How about just eliminating meat from your diet? Fewer concerns to worry about...

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