Tuesday 6 December 2016

Over-65s at higher risk of food poisoning

Published 03/05/2016 | 02:30

Soft blue cheese can present a greater chance of food poisoning for people over 65.
Soft blue cheese can present a greater chance of food poisoning for people over 65.

Older people are at higher risk of food poisoning. And, some foods are more likely to cause food poisoning than others. Here's advice on which foods to avoid or be careful of when you're over 65.

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If you are over 65 you are vulnerable to a bout of severe food poisoning because your immune system isn't as strong as that of someone younger, so it's harder to fight off germs.

It's best to avoid eating mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie and camembert along with soft blue cheeses, such as Danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort, and any unpasteurised soft cheeses. Cooked soft cheeses are fine because heat kills bacteria.

Try to steer clear of all types of fresh or chilled pâté, including vegetable pâtés, as they can contain listeria. Tinned pâté should be harmless as it will have gone through a heat treatment as part of the canning process.

Avoid foods that contain raw and undercooked eggs, such as homemade mayonnaise.

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