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How can i prevent listeriosis infection during pregnancy? avoid deli food?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Yes and more: Here are dietary recommendations for people at high risk of listeriosis including pregnant women. * avoid soft cheeses * avoid foods from delicatessen counters, e.g., prepared salads, meats. * avoid raw or unpasteurized milk * avoid refrigerated pates and other meat spreads * cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods until steaming hot before eating.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
CDC says...: This comes from the centers for disease control and prevention recommendations on listeriosis prevention: wash your hands after you handle hot dogs. Avoid cross-contaminating fluid from hot dogs packages with utensils or food prep surfaces. Ensure that hot dogs or luncheon meats you eat have been reheated to the point that they are steaming hot. Avoid soft cheeses blue-veined cheeses. See below.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Avoid Mexican-style cheeses. Avoid eat refrigerated pâtés and meat spreads. Canned or shelf-stable pâtäs and meat spreads may be eaten. Only eat refrigerated smoked seafood that has been cooked.. Only drink milk or eat food with milk products that has been pasteurized. You can eat hard cheese; semi-soft cheeses; pasteurized processed cheeses, cream cheese; and cottage cheese. It is ok to eat canned sea food.
Apr 7, 2013

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