Is it spoiled or edible?

by Lois Etienne on March 17, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

As people age, eating healthy can be in jeopardy due to many issues. Eyesight can be compromised, medications may interfere with taste, depression can cause loss of appetite, dementia can compromise judgment or any combination of these. Consuming spoiled food can be harmful and painful. But it can also be difficult for people to recognize when harmful bacteria in food has made them sick. Usually foodborne bacteria take 1 to 3 days to cause illness. But you could become sick anytime from 20 minutes to 6 weeks after eating some foods with dangerous bacteria.

Here are some tips to keep food safe to eat for everyone.

Clean: Wash hands and surfaces often - Bacteria can be present throughout the kitchen, including on cutting boards, utensils, sponges and counter tops.

Separate: Don’t cross-contaminate - This is especially true when handling raw meat, poultry and seafood, so keep these foods and their juices away from foods that aren’t going to be cooked.

Cook: Cook to proper temperatures - Food safety experts agree that foods are safely cooked when they are heated for a long enough time and at a high enough temperature to kill the harmful bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

Chill: Did You Know? - At room temperature, bacteria in food can double every 20 minutes. The more bacteria there are, the greater the chance you could become sick. So, refrigerate foods quickly because cold temperatures keep most harmful bacteria from multiplying.

Thaw: Safe thawing - Never thaw foods at room temperature. You can safely thaw food in the refrigerator. Four to five pounds takes 24 hours to thaw.

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