People suffering from autoimmune diseases are at an increased risk of foodborne illness. Their immune systems are weakened by the disease itself or by the medications taken to treat the disease. Individuals with autoimmune diseases can’t fight off infections as easily as those with stronger immune systems.
Lupus and Inflammatory Bowel Disease are two common autoimmune diseases. A treatment for both is immunosuppressive therapy, which increases the risk of foodborne illness. Studies show that immunosuppressive therapy has lead to patients contracting Salmonella, Listeria, E. Coli and more.
Individuals with autoimmune diseases need to be extra diligent in the steps they take to ensure the safety of their food. A few things they can do to lessen their risk include, separating raw meat from ready-to-eat foods, cooking food to the correct temperature, and washing surfaces often.
FreshOne Distribution is dedicated to ensuring that our fresh food is delivered with the highest quality of food safety in mind. We are able to provide the ideal safety conditions, from refrigitaed to frozen, to guarantee that the food you offer can be safely consumed by your customers with autoimmune diseases.