The concept of food as medicine, and its importance to health and wellbeing, is nothing new. The importance of food safety cannot be underestimated. Proper preparation, cooking and storage of foods can reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Adults 65 years and over are at a higher risk for hospitalisation and death from foodborne illness. So in these hot summer months, and indeed at all times, it is important to practice proper food safety.
Most people experience symptoms of food poisoning shortly after ingesting the offending substance, but it can take a few days or weeks for symptoms to surface. Treatment should be sought if you experience diarrhoea or bloody stools, vomiting, fever, severe headache or exhaustion.