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Posted by Kelly Noble on Dec 13th, 2010 and filed under Breaking News, Pregnancy. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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We are asked all the time if pregnant women can eat cheese. And the happy answer is YES!!!!

Listeria infection (or listeriosis) is what authorities are trying to avoid when they tell pregnant women not to each cheese. Listeriosis is caused by eating food that is contaminated with listeria. It is very rare however people with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to it, as well as the elderly and pregnant women. If a pregant woman gets listeriosis it can cause a miscarriage, premature birth or a very sick baby at birth.

So where does listeria come from?  Listeria bacteria are widespread and commonly found in soil, silage, sewage, birds and animals.

How do you avoid eating listeria contaminated food? The following is taken from Wikipedia (and this information is repeated on many websites):

Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil, and animals can also be carriers. Listeria has been found in uncooked meats, uncooked vegetables, unpasteurized milk, foods made from unpasteurized milk, and processed foods. Pasteurization and sufficient cooking kill listeria; however, contamination may occur after cooking and before packaging. For example, meat processing plants producing ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs and deli meats, must follow extensive sanitation policies and procedures to prevent listeria contamination.

CAN WE DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO: Listeria has been found in ‘unpasteurised milk‘ and ‘foods made from unpasteurised milk‘. Unpasteurised milk (also known as ‘raw milk’)  means that the milk has not been heat treated to kill bacteria. In Australia it is a legal requirement that all dairy products made (and sold) in Australia are pasteurised. For this reason Australian women can eat Australian cheese with confidence!

So the advice to avoid ‘soft cheese’ is not correct when the cheese is pasteurised – and that means all Australian Cheese!

Check out South Australian Cheeses & Info on their Facebook Page or Website.

NOTE: As with any food, regular hygiene rules come into play. If the cheese has been left out too long, or been served in an unhygienic venue, use your common sense and avoid it!

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