Older adults' domestic kitchen practices associated with an increased risk of listeriosis
Consumer groups with weakened immunity including older adults, people with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women and patients receiving chemotherapy are known to be at an increased risk of foodborne disease, in particular, listeriosis. Listeriosis is reportedly associated with the highest hospitalisation (<95%) and mortality rates (<41%) of foodborne pathogens in the UK. Historical surveillance data (1980s-1990s) suggest that the majority of listeriosis incidence was predominantly associated with pregnant women and 30% of incidence was associated with adults ≥60 years, whereas in recent years (since 2000) the majority of listeriosis incidence has predominantly been associated with adults ≥60 years with a threefold increase in incidence.4 Indeed, most recent data indicate that 65% of reported listeriosis cases were among adults ≥60 years. Consumer implementation of food safety practices, specifically relating to time and temperature control of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods, has been recommended to reduce the risks associated with listeriosis in the home.
Published inPerspectives in Public Health
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CitationEvans, E. (2016) 'Older adults' domestic kitchen practices associated with an increased risk of listeriosis', Perspectives in Public Health, 136(4), pp. 199-201
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- Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences