It is important to treat food properly to avoid food-borne diseases. Research shows that the aging process can be slowed down with a good diet. As you age, your sense of taste and smell may not always be able to tell you when a food is no longer fit to eat. Your stomach also produces less acid. Stomach acid is a natural defense against bacteria you might have eaten. To ensure that what you eat is safe, her are some tips from the FDA:
1. Refrigerate or freeze all perishable food. Your refrigerator should be kept at 40 degrees F (4.4 degrees C) and your freezer at 0 degrees F (-17.8 degrees C).
2. Never thaw foods at room temperature. Instead, thaw them in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave, and cook them immediately.
3. Wash your hands with soapy water before preparing food. Wash your hands, utensils, cutting boards and other work surfaces after they come in contact with raw meat and poultry.
4. Never leave perishable food out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. If the temperature in the room is over 90 degrees F (32.2 degrees C), the food should not be left out for more than 1 hour.
5. Thoroughly cook raw meat, poultry and fish.