Who is at risk from Food Poisoning?

Some people are more likely to go down with food poisoning, whilst others never seem to. This is because some people are naturally more resistant, but there are times when we are all less resistant because we are stressed, ill or have lowered resistance for some other reason.

Certain groups are regarded as being naturally less resistant to food poisoning, and these include

  • The elderly, particularly if they are also infirm
  • Sick people, and in particular those who are "immuno-compromised" or have reduced abilities to fight disease due to chemo-therapy or other conditions or medical treatment
  • Babies and young children
  • Pregnant women (Listeria is a particular concern)

It is particularly important to seek treatment if any of the above groups have symptoms of food poisoning.

Extra care should also be taken when preparing food for, and looking after, these vulnerable groups to minimise the risks of their coming into contact with food poisoning bacteria.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

The Food, Health & Safety Team

Tel: 01633 648009

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