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Why does aging increase the risk of food-related illnesses?

Food safety is very important for older adults because they are at increased risk of foodborne illness. As we age, our immune systems become weaker. We have less stomach acid to control bacteria and our kidneys, which help filter bacteria from the blood, also weaken. Infections from foodborne illness can be hard to treat and can recur in older adults.

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