Motherisk Update: Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy

Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy (Click on “Full text” or “Full text (PDF)” on the right for more details…)

Tam C, et al. Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy. Can Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;56(4):341-343.

Although heating or cooking food is the best way to inactivate food-borne pathogens, improved standards and surveillance have reduced the prevalence of contaminated foods at grocery stores. Therefore, it is no longer necessary for pregnant women to avoid foods like deli meats and soft cheeses (associated with Listeria); soft-cooked eggs (associated with Salmonella); or sushi and sashimi. Regardless of whether seafood is raw or cooked, pregnant women should choose low mercury seafood (eg, salmon and shrimp) over higher mercury varieties (eg, fresh tuna). Pregnant women should ensure that their food is obtained from reputable establishments; stored, handled, and cooked properly; and consumed within a couple of days of purchasing.

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