Food Safety Is a Vital Step in Staying Healthy

Senior Care Southern Highlands, NV: Food Safety
Senior Care Southern Highlands, NV: Food Safety

Each year, around 48 million people end up with a foodborne illness. Older adults have a higher risk for several reasons. The most important is that digestion slows with age, which means foods remain in the digestive system longer than it used to. The immune system also doesn’t work as effectively. 
 
You’ve probably heard about some of the foodborne illnesses to hit older adults over the years. In 2020, an outbreak of E. coli was linked to romaine lettuce. Peaches and onions were linked to several salmonella cases. Bagged salad mixes led to cyclospora outbreaks. There are also cases of food poisoning from improperly cooked foods. Your parents need to know what to do. 
 
Cook Foods Properly 
 
Cooking foods properly is important. Investing in a digital thermometer is important. When someone cooks foods that your parents will eat, they need to be cooked to the correct internal temperature. 
 
Turkey and chicken need to be at 165 F. Pork must be cooked to at least 145 F. Beef and fish are also 145 F. Cook ground meats and eggs to 160 F. Precooked ham needs to be at least 140 F. If you stick to those temperatures, you avoid eating undercooked foods. 
 
Wash Fruits and Vegetables 
 
If your parents are eating the peel on fruits and vegetables, they need to wash them in white vinegar and rinse thoroughly after. If they’re peeling them, they should peel the item, rinse it off, and prepare it as desired. 
 
When you bring vegetables to a boil, it usually kills bacteria like salmonella. It’s not a guarantee though as the food must be heated to that temperature all the way through. Steaming vegetables may not get it hot enough. If there are recalls of things like spinach, onions, or other vegetables, return the items to the store. Don’t risk it. 
 
Keep Surfaces Sterile 
 
Use one cutting board for meats and another for vegetables. Don’t cross-contaminate. After cutting items, wash the cutting board in hot, soapy water and spray it with a food-safe solution of a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water that’s been boiled and cooled. Wipe down counters with a disinfectant solution when cooking, too. 
 
Food safety is a vital step in keeping your parents healthy. Cooking foods properly is just one step in preventing foodborne illnesses. If your parents have a hard time cooking meals, it’s time to address senior care services. 
 
With senior care, your parents have help with meals, transportation, and light housework. Caregivers work with your parents on favorite menus and recipes, safely storing groceries, and cooking meals properly. Call a senior care agency to learn more. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Southern Highlands, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources: 

https://www.fda.gov/media/83744/download

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Food Safety Is a Vital Step in Staying Healthy

Senior Care Southern Highlands, NV: Food Safety
Senior Care Southern Highlands, NV: Food Safety

Each year, around 48 million people end up with a foodborne illness. Older adults have a higher risk for several reasons. The most important is that digestion slows with age, which means foods remain in the digestive system longer than it used to. The immune system also doesn’t work as effectively. 
 
You’ve probably heard about some of the foodborne illnesses to hit older adults over the years. In 2020, an outbreak of E. coli was linked to romaine lettuce. Peaches and onions were linked to several salmonella cases. Bagged salad mixes led to cyclospora outbreaks. There are also cases of food poisoning from improperly cooked foods. Your parents need to know what to do. 
 
Cook Foods Properly 
 
Cooking foods properly is important. Investing in a digital thermometer is important. When someone cooks foods that your parents will eat, they need to be cooked to the correct internal temperature. 
 
Turkey and chicken need to be at 165 F. Pork must be cooked to at least 145 F. Beef and fish are also 145 F. Cook ground meats and eggs to 160 F. Precooked ham needs to be at least 140 F. If you stick to those temperatures, you avoid eating undercooked foods. 
 
Wash Fruits and Vegetables 
 
If your parents are eating the peel on fruits and vegetables, they need to wash them in white vinegar and rinse thoroughly after. If they’re peeling them, they should peel the item, rinse it off, and prepare it as desired. 
 
When you bring vegetables to a boil, it usually kills bacteria like salmonella. It’s not a guarantee though as the food must be heated to that temperature all the way through. Steaming vegetables may not get it hot enough. If there are recalls of things like spinach, onions, or other vegetables, return the items to the store. Don’t risk it. 
 
Keep Surfaces Sterile 
 
Use one cutting board for meats and another for vegetables. Don’t cross-contaminate. After cutting items, wash the cutting board in hot, soapy water and spray it with a food-safe solution of a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water that’s been boiled and cooled. Wipe down counters with a disinfectant solution when cooking, too. 
 
Food safety is a vital step in keeping your parents healthy. Cooking foods properly is just one step in preventing foodborne illnesses. If your parents have a hard time cooking meals, it’s time to address senior care services. 
 
With senior care, your parents have help with meals, transportation, and light housework. Caregivers work with your parents on favorite menus and recipes, safely storing groceries, and cooking meals properly. Call a senior care agency to learn more. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Senior Care in Southern Highlands, NV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources: 

https://www.fda.gov/media/83744/download



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