Even though summer is the perfect time to enjoy barbeques and picnics, seniors need to be aware of some of the dangers that are associated with eating outdoors and during the same. Food poisoning can be rather frustrating for younger adults, but seniors can have serious long-term problems when they contract food poisoning. These food safety tips are good to take into consideration.
Chilling And Defrosting Tips
You can stop harmful bacteria from growing when you chill food properly. This is especially true during the warmer summer months.
- You must never defrost your food at room temperature. It is a good idea to defrost the entire meal in the fridge. If not possible, it is better to use a microwave to defrost rather than relying on room temperature.
- It is also a good idea to store ready-to-eat products separately from raw foods. That will stop the spread of bacteria from the raw foods to the ready-to-eat products.
To ensure that harmful bacteria are destroyed, you have to cook food at the correct length of time and correct temperature. Especially when eating meat products (such as chicken, turkey, pork), this is especially important.
- You want the meat juices to run clear, and there is no pink meat visible throughout the thickest part of the meat.
- It is also important to serve food once it is ready. After you have cooked something, do not let it sit out for more than two hours. If it is especially hot outside, two hours becomes just one hour.
Avoiding Cross Contamination
When raw food touches (or drips onto) a nearby ready-to-eat food, cross-contamination is likely. You can always prevent this by adhering to the following tips.
- Make sure that you store ready-to-eat foods and raw meat separately.
- Make sure that you use separate utensils, chopping boards, and plates for cooked food and raw food.
- After you touch raw food, make sure that you wash your hands right away.
- If you are not feeling well, make sure that you are not preparing food for other people.
Food Poisoning For Seniors
Most people make a full recovery when they have food poisoning. However, serious longer-term problems can be more common for older adults. It can be more of a challenge for seniors to protect against food poisoning because of a lowered immune system. It may be even more difficult to fight off infections because of chronic diseases such as kidney disease and diabetes.
This is why it is imperative to have safe food handling and cooking practices for seniors. Just another benefit of seniors living in assisted living, because here food is prepared by qualified professionals who are going to ensure that everything is kept safe.