Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What foods should older adults avoid to reduce the chance of getting foodborne illness?

To reduce the change of getting foodborne illness, avoid eating

  • raw or undercooked meat or poultry
  • any raw or undercooked fish, or shellfish, or food containing raw or undercooked seafood e.g., sashimi, found in some sushi or ceviche
  • refrigerated smoked seafood
  • unpasteurized, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads
  • unpasteurized (raw) dairy products, and juices. Some soft cheeses such as feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, and Camembert are made with unpasteurized milk.
  • 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
  • unwashed fresh vegetables, including lettuce/salads
  • uncooked sprouts, such as bean, alfalfa, clover, or radish sprouts
  • ready-to-eat meat or seafood salads.