Frequently Asked Questions
6. What foods should older adults avoid to reduce the chance of getting foodborne illness?
- raw or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, and seafood
- unpasteurized (raw) milk, milk products, and juices
- raw or partially cooked eggs and foods commonly made with raw eggs such as raw cookie dough and cake batter, eggnog, and Caesar salad dressing
- hot dogs and luncheon meats, unless they are reheated until steaming hot or 165 degrees Fahrenheit
- soft cheeses like Brie and Camembert, unless labeled "made with pasteurized milk." Pasteurized food has been heated to high enough temperatures to destroy disease-causing organisms
- uncooked sprouts, such as bean, alfalfa, clover, or radish sprouts
- ready-to-eat meat or seafood salads.
See what foods are most associated with foodborne illness. (From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).