Populations at Risk for Foodborne Illness
Some consumers are more susceptible to foodborne illness and may experience more severe symptoms. This group of consumers includes young children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with illnesses that affect the immune system. This page has information on reducing foodborne illness in at-risk populations and on microorganisms that are more likely to affect at-risk groups.
- "Don't Give Kids a Tummy Ache" (English)
- "Don't Give Kids a Tummy Ache" (Spanish) Revised free, downloadable edition replaces the previous CD-ROM edition. This food safety training program for parents, child care providers, and other caregivers presents the basics of how to avoid food poisoning in a 45- to 60-minute presentation.
Children and Foodborne Illness (PDF 115 KB)
- "Safe Food and You" For parents and pre-schoolers. See description below under Women.
- Information on food safety for children and teenagers (FDA)
Individuals with Immune Deficiencies
- Food Safey for People with Cancer (USDA, PDF 1419 KB) (Spanish PDF 169 KB)
- Food Safety for Persons with Chronic Illness (Foodsafety.gov)
- Food Safety for People with Diabetes (USDA, PDF 1436 KB) (Spanish PDF 203 KB)
- Food Safety for People with HIV/AIDS (USDA, PDF 1420 KB) (Spanish PDF 184 KB)
- Food Safety for Transplant Recipients (USDA, PDF 1437 KB) (Spanish PDF 163 KB)
- Food Safety for Older Adults (USDA PDF 1418 KB) (Spanish PDF 197 KB)
- Older Adults and Food Safety (USDA)
- Food Safety for Older Adults (FDA)
- To Your Health! Food Safety for Seniors (FDA, PDF English 852 KB) (Spanish PDF 669 KB)
- Food Safety for Pregnant Women (From: Foodsafety.gov)
- Information about methyl mercury in fish (FDA)
- Information in Spanish on listeriosis and pregnancy (USDA)
- Toxoplasmosis: An Important Message for Cat Owners (CDC, PDF 1,593 KB)
- "Safe Food and You" This is a DVD/CD package about safe food handling and preparation for presentation to a single mother-to-be or a group of mothers-to-be; to a mother and her preschooler or a group of mothers and preschoolers; or to a group of preschoolers. The DVD contains 15 minutes of video about safe food handling, and the CD contains PDF files of the lesson plans, handouts, and evaluations, plus handwashing songs for children. The CD also contains PDF files of all the handouts and evaluation forms in Spanish.
- Smith, J.L. 1997. Long-term consequences of foodborne toxoplasmosis: Effects on the unborn, the immunocompromised, the elderly, and the immunocompetent. J. Food Prot. 60:1595-1611.
- Smith, J.L. 1998. Foodborne illness in the elderly. J. Food Prot. 61:1229-1239.
- Smith, J.L. 1999. Foodborne infections during pregnancy. J. Food Prot. 62:818-829.
- Smith, J.L. and P.M. Fratamico. 2000. Long term consequences of foodborne disease. In B.M. Lund, T.C. Baird-Parker, G.W. Gould (eds.) The microbiological safety and quality of food, pp. 1545-1562.