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Food safety for high-risk individuals


Food Safety for Seniors Did you know infants, young children, adults over 60, anyone with a serious health condition, and pregnant women are more susceptible to foodborne illness than others?

If this is you, there are foods you should avoid and ways to heat your food to help protect you or your loved ones.  

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Learn how to cook foods safely

Since harmful contaminants can't be seen, smelled or tasted, it's important that you cook your food to a safe internal cooking temperature to avoid food poisoning. More tips from the Healthy Canadians website

Keep safe food temperatures at your fingertips! Download the Fight Bac! food temperature guide with cooking temperatures for fresh beef, pork and poultry, as well as ground meats, stuffing, eggs and egg dishes, and leftovers.


Food safety for pregnant women

Pregnant women and their unborn children are at greater risk for foodborne illness: pregnant women because their immune systems are weakened, and unborn children because their immune systems are not fully developed. This makes it more difficult to fight off infections.

Health Canada's safe food handling guide for pregnant women offers precautions you should take if you're expecting.