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.