If You're Over 65, Never Do This With Your Produce, Experts Say

Fruits and vegetables are a staple of any healthy diet. Yet sometimes, raw produce can contain harmful germs that spread foodborne illness, such as Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Norovirus, and more. If not handled with care, your produce can contaminate your whole meal with these potentially life-threatening bacteria, causing serious consequences. And that’s especially true for people over 65, who are at an increased risk for food poisoning and other foodborne illness.

“Older adults in general are more likely to have severe illness [from food poisoning] that could land them in the hospital,” Patricia Griffin, MD, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology branch of the Centers

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