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What foods should I avoid as I get older to prevent food poisoning?

As we age, our immune systems become weaker. As a result, older people are more likely to suffer from foodborne illnesses or food poisoning. To cut your risk, older adults should steer clear of certain foods:
  • Rare, raw, or undercooked meats and poultry
  • Raw fish and shellfish (sushi, sashimi, ceviche, oysters, mussels, scallops)
  • Raw or undercooked eggs (soft-cooked, runny, poached)
  • Raw sprouts (alfalfa, clover, radish)
  • Refrigerated smoked seafood, pate and meat spreads
  • Unpasteurized dairy products ("raw" milk and cheeses)
  • Some fresh soft cheeses (Brie, Camembert, blue-veined varieties and Mexican-style queso fresco)
  • Unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices

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