Better Safe than Sorry — What Not to Eat

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With all of the stories in the news about foods that have made some people sick, you may have wondered whether you can eat anything! The good news is that most foods do not lead to foodborne illness. However, there are some foods that are more likely than others to make older adults sick if you eat them.

 

What Foods Should You Avoid?

Foods that contain raw or undercooked eggs

 

homemade Caesar salad dressing and mayonnaise

poached eggs

eggs Benedict

undercooked (runny) scrambled eggs

homemade cookie dough

cake batter

hollandaise sauce

milk shakes

mousse

cold soufflé

seven minute or royal icing

homemade ice cream (those made using stirred custard are okay)

Refrigerated, cold-smoked seafood

 

Seafood that is cold-smoked is usually labeled lox or nova. It may also say keep refrigerated until ready to serve or cook before eating on the label.

Salads purchased from the grocery store deli counter

 

Raw or undercooked meat or poultry

Hot dogs eaten cold out of the package without reheating

 

To kill any harmful bacteria, place hot dogs in boiling water and boil at least 15 seconds, or heat in microwave oven until steaming.

Freshly sliced deli meats or pre-packaged luncheon meats eaten cold without reheating

 

Raw or undercooked fish or seafood

 

oysters

mussels

clams

scallops

sashimi

sushi

ceviche

gravlax

trout

herring

pâté

Raw, unpasteurized milk

 

Do not buy milk or milk products sold at farm stands or farmer’s markets unless you can confirm that it has been pasteurized. If it says only for animal use, it is not pasteurized.

Raw sprouts

 

bean sprouts

   

alfalfa sprouts

 

Sprouts pose a special challenge because the way they are grown is ideal for bacteria to grow, and because they are usually eaten without cooking. A few bacteria on the seeds used to grow the sprouts can result in a lot of bacteria in your tummy.

Unpasteurized juices, cider, or honey

 

WATCH FOR THIS WARNING LABEL ON PRODUCTS

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 weakened immune
systems

 

Mold-ripened, blue veined cheeses or soft cheeses made from unpasteurized milk

 

Mold-ripened cheeses

 

Brie

Camembert

Blue Brie

Cambozola

Chaumes

Pont L'Eveque

Prince Jean

Tallegio

Vacherin-Fribourgeois

Weichkaese

Blue-veined cheeses

 

Danish Blue

Stilton

Bavarian Blue

Bergader

Bleu d'Auvergne

Blue Shropshire

Cabrales

Dolcelatte

Doppelrhamstuge

Eldel pilz

Gorgonzola

Romano

Roquefort

goat cheeses

Soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk

 

queso fresco

queso blanco

panela

asadero

 

Check package label to see if the cheese
has been made from pasteurized milk.

 

 


 

What Did You Learn?

Which of the following cheeses are probably safe to eat? (Choose one answer)

 

It is safe to eat cookie dough and cake batter that has not been baked in the oven. (Choose one answer)

 

Which of the following is the proper way to eat a hotdog? (Choose one answer)

 

 


 

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Last Update: 04.06.12

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