People always enjoy receiving gifts of food from family and friends. However, patients in hospital are at a higher risk for food poisoning due to their age or weakened immune system. Therefore, it is important to consider the type of food that you are going to bring for your loved one.
Feel free to bring in food that is considered low-risk.. Please see the list of high-risk and low-risk foods below. If you have any questions about whether or not a food is safe, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services General Office at your site and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
- Fruit pies and tarts
- Cookies, muffins, loaves, breads, and buns
- Cakes and squares (no cream fillings)
- Ice cream (store-bought in original containers)
- Lettuce, cabbage, spinach, or jellied salads containg only raw fruits and vegetables, and served with store bought dressings or dips.
- Food items prepared at an inspected facility
- Unopened packaged foods
- Cream, meringue, or pumpkin pies
- Pastries with cream or meat fillings
- Eggs, devilled eggs, or pickled eggs
- Macaroni or potato salad
- Homemade dressings, sauces, or dips
- Unpasteurized dairy products
- Cooked or creamed vegetables
- Meats, poultry, fish or shellfish dishes
- Sandwiches made with fillings such as egg, meat, fish, seafood, poultry, cheese.
- Home-canned or prepared foods