April 7 2015 is World Health Day and this year the theme is food safety. The World Health Organisations’ five keys to safer foods are:
- Prevent contaminating food with pathogens spreading from people, pets, and pests.
- Separate raw and cooked foods to prevent contaminating the cooked foods.
- Cook foods for the appropriate length of time and at the appropriate temperature to kill pathogens.
- Store food at the proper temperature.
- Do use safe water and raw materials.
In Australia we are blessed that most of us have access to safe foods. Our biggest problem is poor diet, which is a precursor to numerous health issues. As people age, they need to start eating better, not less. Older people need more calcium and nutrients, and should balance their food intake with their energy requirements. People who are less active need less energy producing food. The Victorian Government has produced a booklet, Good food & health advice for older people, which can be downloaded: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/hacc/downloads/pdf/goodfood.pdf