How Can I Avoid Food Poisoning During Pregnancy?

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How can I avoid food poisoning during pregnancy?

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  1. You can avoid food poisoning during pregnancy by:

    • not eating some foods
    • washing your hands before handling food
    • thoroughly washing all fruit and vegetables, including prepared salads, before eating
    • washing your hands, all surfaces and utensils after preparing raw meat
    • thoroughly cooking raw meat so there is no trace of pink or blood
    • heating ready meals until they are piping hot all the way through – this is especially important for meals containing poultry
    • keeping leftovers covered in the fridge and using them within 2 days
    • eating food before it has passed its “use by” date
    • preventing cross-contamination (when harmful bacteria is spread between food, surfaces and equipment)

    There are several types of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. These include:

    • salmonella 
    • campylobacter
    • listeria

    Salmonella

    Salmonella is found in:

    • raw meat and poultry
    • unpasteurised milk 
    • raw eggs and raw egg products

    Although salmonella food poisoning is unlikely to harm your baby, it can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting. 
    To reduce your risk of salmonella infection:

    • choose British Lion Code of Practice eggs if you want to have raw or partially cooked eggs – these eggs have a red lion logo stamped on their shell and are considered safe to eat runny
    • avoid raw or partially cooked eggs that are not part of the lion code, and avoid food that may contain them, such as homemade mayonnaise – cook these eggs until the whites and yolks are solid 
    • avoid raw or partially cooked meat, especially poultry

    Campylobacter

    Campylobacter is found in:

    • raw and undercooked meat, especially poultry 
    • unpasteurised milk 
    • untreated water

    You can reduce your risk of campylobacter infection by:

    • washing your hands thoroughly before preparing and eating food, and after handling raw food
    • not washing raw poultry
    • keeping cooked food away from raw food
    • cooking food thoroughly, especially meat and poultry, so it’s piping hot
    • keeping all kitchen surfaces and equipment clean, such as chopping boards and dish cloths
    • not drinking untreated water from lakes, rivers or streams

    Listeria

    Listeria can cause an infection called listeriosis. Although the infection is rare, even a mild form of listeriosis in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or severe illness in newborn babies.
    Listeria can be found in unpasteurised milk and in many chilled foods, including:

    • pâté 
    • mould-ripened soft cheeses and soft blue-veined cheeses 
    • cooked sliced meats 
    • smoked salmon

    You can reduce your risk of listeriosis by:

    • not eating certain foods while pregnant, such as some soft cheeses and all types of pâté
    • not drinking unpasteurised milk – only drink pasteurised or UHT milk 
    • heating ready meals or reheated food until they’re piping hot all the way through
    • making sure your fridge is set at 5C or below and working correctly
    • not using food after its “use by” date 
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