Toolkit: Safe Food for Seniors Begins at Home

This webinar showed how food safety is a key concern for homebound seniors, who are at increased risk for foodborne illness. Researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, partnered with Meals on Wheels Association of America and five senior nutrition programs in different regions of the country to the study food safety knowledge, practices, and in-home risks of 750 home-delivered meal recipients. This National Food Safety Month webinar – led by William K. Hallman and Cara Cuite, researchers at the Rutgers, State University of New Jersey and Tim Getty, of the Heritage Agency on Aging in Cedar Rapids, IA – described the most common food safety challenges for homebound older adults, and suggest potential interventions.


  • William K. Hallman and Cara Cuite, researchers at the Rutgers, State University of New Jersey
  • Tim Getty, of the Heritage Agency on Aging in Cedar Rapids, IA

Downloads and Webinar Recording

Presenters Handouts

Audio Recording

Key Resources

The following resources support the webinar training “Safe Foods for Seniors Begins at Home” presented on September 23, 2014 by researchers at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (William K. Hallman and Cara Cuite) and Tim Getty (Heritage Agency on Aging in Cedar Rapids, IA).

Consumer Guidance: General
Four Steps to Safe Food Handling – Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill (Food Safety Information Service site)
Partnership for Food Safety Education (FightBac)
Team Food Safety
Consumer guidance on food safety from the United States Departments of Agriculture and the Health and Human Services
Food Safety (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site)
Food Safety – Medline Plus (A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Home Food Safety

Ask Karen (A service of the Food Safety Inspection Service Food Safety Education – provides information on preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products):

Consumer Guidance: Older Adults
Food Safety for Older Adults General Information
Food Safety for Older Adults
Food Safety Tips for Older Adults
Older Adults and Food Safety
Food Safety Tips for Seniors

Peer-Reviewed Research Cited in Webinar
Johnson, AE; Donkin, AJM; Morgan, K; Lilley, JM; Neale, RJ; Page, RM; Silburn, R. (1998). Food safety knowledge and practice among elderly people living at home. J Epidemiol Community Health, 52:745–748.
Link to full text article

Anderson, AL; Verrill, LA; Sahyoun, NR. (2011). Food Safety Perceptions and Practices of Older Adults. Public Health Reports, 126:220-227.
Link to full text article


Separate: The Basics
Food Safe Families

Storage Times for Refrigerator and Freezer
Are You Storing Food Safely?

Thermometers and Food Safety
Types of thermometers
Using Food Thermometers

Hot Water Temperature Recommendations: Thermostatic Mixing Valve Manufacturers Association (London, UK). Recommended Code of Practice for Safe Water Temperatures for infants and elderly (2000). Click here to download.


Self-Directed Kitchen Audit Assessment
Byrd-Bredbenner, Schaffner, & Abbot (2010)
Click here to access.

Food Safety on the Go
University of Maryland
Click here to access.


Consumer Food Safety Education Conference 2014
March 6-8, 2019
Orlando, FL
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