FAQ – I’m pregnant, is it ok for me to eat your cheeses?

Cheese is an excellent source of vitamins, nutrients, calcium, and protein—all things that a pregnant woman needs in her diet. It’s a megafood that feeds growing bodies, inside and outside the womb.

That said, most doctors and midwives recommend that pregnant women avoid eating any raw-milk cheeses because of the risk of listeriosis, a type of food poisoning that is very rare but can be seriously harmful to a fetus. Soft, high- moisture cheeses made from raw milk are particularly off-limits since the offending bacteria, Listeria, and particularly Listeria monocytogenes, will multiply faster in a moist environment.

The high heat of pasteurization kills the bacteria, which is why pasteurized cheeses—soft or hard—are the most prudent option for pregnant women.  All Edgwick Farm cheeses ARE pasteurized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, “Listeria is a type of bacteria found in soil, water, and sometimes on plants. [It] is all around our environment…most infections in people are from eating contaminated foods.”  We’d like to emphasize that the risk of contracting listeriosis from our cheese is extremely low, thanks to the care that we must take to keep our creamery extremely hygienic.

It’s worth noting that statistically, the food that, carries the greatest risk of listeriosis is not cheese but deli meats. Studies by the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) cite deli meats (and uncooked hot dogs) as the most common source of Listeria food poisoning. So go ahead and enjoy Edgwick Farm cheeses.

But we’d watch out for those wieners!

pregnant & goatPhoto by The Farmstead (Don’t you just LOVE this photo by The Farmstead…check out their giveaway here.)

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