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PDXPRINCESS
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8/5/09 6:55 P



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My doctor told me I could eat cheese that have been made with pasturized milk. You just need to read the label. I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't eat cheese for 9 months! Plus, since I detest milk, it's a good way for me to get my calcium.


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7/22/09 3:13 P


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I asked my doctor about this specifically and he said just what I had thought all along: If it's pasteurized then it's safe to eat in moderation. And it's true that bacteria can be found just as easily in some very healthy foods we eat every day such as raw vegetables. I think we tend to overthink things a little too much sometimes!


PAMINA
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6/19/09 12:50 P


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Again, I just dont get it!

If the milk is pasteurized, then what is the problem??

The problem with soft cheese is that they are often made with raw milk, so yes, in that case it's not to be eaten while pregnant.

But what is the problem with them if the milk is pasteurized?

Please Becky explain, I want to understand!


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TEJMS71
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6/18/09 9:44 A



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I always stayed away from soft cheeses w/ my first pregnancy b/c it was on my "avoid" list. My friend brought baked brie to a party the other day and now I'm obsessing over it. (I didn't have it at the party, b/c I thought I couldn't) Do you think its okay if its cooked? I really want some now!


PAMINA
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6/16/09 12:26 P


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I dont understand. I thought any cheese was SAFE if it was made with pasteurized milk...

We have goat cheese here that is made with pasteurized milk, I dont see why it would be unsafe.

Please explain...

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KAT722
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6/15/09 5:57 P



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Thanks y'all, I'm making dinner for the wife and that's what I needed to know


ADRIEK
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7/30/06 8:26 P



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Here's another handout from last year, with updated info. Did you know that sprouts, and even smoothies from juice bars can be contaminated with Toxo and Salmonella? Why are they just focusing on things that have limited appeal like fresh and exotic cheeses (well, they appeal to me...) and neglecting items that many, many more pregnant women ingest every day, thinking they're making a healthy choice??? Sorry to rant; i'm just beginning my second pregnancy and feeling a strange mix of resentment and guilt about all the food poice rules...

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~pregna
nt/pregnant.html


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ADRIEK
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7/30/06 8:08 P



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Indeed!!!

I personally find this a very frustrating exercise, since nearly EVERYTHING has some food risk attached to it (I worked as a chef for six years, and had to memorize a lot of microbiology!). I think they should remove such a blatantly provocative headline--it is clearly wrong to say all goat cheeses are contaminated, and they aren't highlighting any other listeriosis risks, like milk, butter, and raw vegetables. The CDC put out a good flyer re: risk assessment

http://www.foodsafety.gov/~dms/l
mr2qa.html


It also says the risk of listeriosis had DECLINED 40% between 1996 and 2002, and presumably has gone down more since then. You need to worry more about bacterial and viral cross-contamination in your own home. (Salmonella, Staph, Shigella, E.Coli and others aren't any better for you!) Just be smart! Wash your hands! Clean your counters and refrigerator shelves with bleach spray!

Adrie


LEAHHELMS
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7/30/06 1:38 P



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Reading the label is the most important thing.
From my understanding, cheeses made with pasturized milk are okay. These days you can find many types of "Raw" cheeses ...even chedars and jacks that are made with unpasturized milk (goat, sheep, or cow milk). My grocery store has a whole section of "Artisian Cheeses" many of which are made with unpasturized milks.If the label does not say that the cheese is made with pasturized milk then I would avoid it.
Unapasturized juices of any kind should also be avoided.


BABYNMBER3
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5/5/06 11:58 A



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They say as long as its made with pasturized milk it should be fine. Its the cheeses that are made with unpasturized milk that can carry bacteria.


MALOPER403
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5/5/06 11:33 A


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I think they just publish anything and everything to cover anyone who might have a problem. In their mind, its better to say "don't do it" on the chance it will be harmful than to say "it probably won't hurt" and chance that someone will have complications and blame them.


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2/10/06 12:26 A



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I asked my doctor about cheeses when I heard you werent supposed to eat soft cheeses and he said they were fine. I only like bleu cheese and he said that they wouldnt make me sick. Why do magazines and websites put this outthere if not true?


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ROBINCHI
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2/9/06 11:45 A


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I am allergic to cows' milk, and only eat goat cheese (and drink soy milk). Not all goat cheese is feta. You can get goat cheddar and mozzarella (both hard cheeses) as well as goat brie, etc. My doctor did not tell me there was anything wrong with this.


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LAURIEINMD
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11/21/05 4:25 P



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Tanya, I'm really curious about this topic because according to my dr. and the dr. of many of my friends these cheeses are perfectly safe for pregnant women as long as they are pasturized, which pretty much anything you get in the grocery store would be. I specifically asked my dr. about this because they weren't listed on her list of "don'ts" and I alway see written in magazines, etc. that they aren't safe, yet I had heard from friends that their drs. said to just check the labels.


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TONKA_14
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10/9/05 2:56 P



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CHELS842

I encourage you to take a little time to go read some of the articles in the resource center. Many of your questions are already answered there. You can also search my subject and it will pull up the articles (and also threads) that contain information regarding the topic.

Let us know if you still have questions after reading a bit.

Tanya

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CHELS842
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10/9/05 2:07 P



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I was wondering about regular feta cheese. Is it ok? Parmesan? So sad, I love cheese. During the first few weeks of my pregnancy I was drinking some apple cider from a local vendor. I read on the jug that it was not pasturized and could be dangerous for people who had a weakened immune system. I stopped drinking ti right away. Could this cause any damage? Hope not. Also, does anyone know about honey. I know babies under 1 can't eat honey but can a pregnant woman eat honey?


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DIETITIANBECKY
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10/3/05 2:04 P



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There is an article in the nutrition resource center that discusses safe and unsafe cheeses during pregnancy. Goat cheese is a type of feta cheese which should be avoided. It is not an aged cheese and can be contaiminated with listeria, a cold-loving bacteria. It can give you food poisoning, but worse do damage/death to the baby. It should only be eaten if first warmed to steamy and bubbly.
Becky, BF dietitian


MOM2NATHAN
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10/3/05 2:00 P


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GOAT CHEESE or any forms of cheese
not completely cooked is the issue,
I heard.
There are a lot of cheeses that are
completely safe!!!!!!
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BOSSLADIIII
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10/3/05 11:56 A



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what do you mean we can't eat soft cheese?? what kind of cheese is that?? I love cheeze and eat quite a bit of it in many forms???


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MOM2NATHAN
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10/3/05 11:54 A


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I was at a restaurant and the waitress
told me goatcheese wasn't safe for me
being pregge...she substituted it with
another cheese and I just went with her
suggestion. She said it could carry more
bacteria than more cooked cheeses.
So, if it is grilled and cooked extra,
I hear it's fine though!


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BABYBISCUIT
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10/3/05 9:24 A


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I know you can't eat soft cheeses. Is goat cheese considered a soft cheese? I like to crumble it on my salad. If it is not safe, is there a safe substitute? TIA!


 
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