A member asked:

I am pregnant, what foods should i avoid to prevent a listeria infection?

7 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Unpasteurized cheeses, such as brie, feta, and bleu cheese, are not safe to eat during pregnancy because they could contain listeria. This bacteria can cause an infection in your baby. Other foods to avoid include raw or undercooked meat, shellfish, and eggs.

Answered Mar 26, 2014


Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Thoroughly cook raw food from all animal sources. Thoroughly wash raw vegetables before eating. Keep uncooked meats separate from other foods(avoid cross contamination). Do not consume unpasturized milk or cheese. Avoid soft cheses ie.Mexican style, brie, feta, blue cheeses. Avoid food from delicatessen counters or thoroughly reheat them.

Answered Jan 26, 2016


Dr. Michael Amster answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

It used to be all soft cheeses, but it's really unpasteurized cheeses and homemade cheeses, which contain much more bacteria. Brie and camembert used to be off-limits, but they were ruled ok several years ago. Raw sushi too, though cooked sushi made around raw sushi may be something to beware of. There is some evidence that cold cuts are also to be avoided.

Answered Jul 21, 2014


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Wash your hands after you handle hot dogs or raw meats. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from raw meat packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure hot dogs or luncheon meats you eat have been reheated to the point that they are steaming hot. Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses; ; mexican-style cheeses. Avoid eating refrigerated pâtés ; meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pâtäs ; meat.

Answered Jan 5, 2019



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