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.
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.
Top 3 Food Preparation Mistakes That Cause Food-borne Illness originally appeared on AgingCare.com