Food bug warning for Sidmouth over 60s
SIDMOUTH S over 60 s are more likely to take risks with use by dates than younger people, according to new research published by the Food Standards Agency.
SIDMOUTH'S over 60's are more likely to take risks with 'use by' dates than younger people, according to new research published by the Food Standards Agency.
'Use by' dates are different from others that appear on products.
It's not illegal for shops to sell food after its 'best before', 'sell by' or 'display until' date, but eating food beyond its 'use by' date increases the risk of food poisoning from the listeria food bug.
The number of cases of listeria in people over 60 years of age has doubled in the past nine years, with a 20 per cent rise in 2007 alone.
You may also want to watch:
East Devon District Council's environmental health team is warning older residents that listeria can be serious and, although the number of cases is relatively small, one in three people who get food poisoning caused by it die as a result.
The bug, which is impossible to spot in contaminated products, can be found in chilled, ready to eat foods such as pre-packed sandwiches, butter, cold meats and smoked salmon.
- 1 Ottery brothers applaud customers on 'Freedom Day'
- 2 Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum is a hit with Toto
- 3 Review: Two rising stars shine bright in Sidmouth
- 4 Beachgoers share moment of wonder
- 5 Read all about it! Teresa scoops national award
- 6 New Ottery business aims to be far more than a shop
- 7 Cricket ground will be transformed into festival car park
- 8 Restarting the town band is music to the ears
- 9 Cotton Traders announce Sidmouth opening date
- 10 Property of Week: North Street, Ottery St Mary
Residents have been urged to reduce risk by always keeping food by following what is says on the label and ensuring their fridges are cold enough.