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You have been cooking and eating food your entire life, so why start worrying about food safety now? As you age, you gain wisdom of the mind, but changes also occur in the body. With age comes a decrease in the body’s natural defenses to fight bacteria. You may be more prone to getting sick from your food. Your sense of smell and taste may also decrease, so you may not always be able to tell if foods have gone bad. Understanding how to handle your food safely will keep you healthy and independent.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
July 14, 2015