A lunch-time sandwich of lean turkey and low-fat Swiss on whole-grain with lettuce, tomato and mustard is perfectly healthy - when you're not pregnant. But when you're eating for two, some foods in your refrigerator are not safe, including deli meats, hot dogs and refrigerated, ready-to-eat meats.
The danger comes from a bacteria called Listeria.
Listeria is found everywhere. Listeria can cause a food-borne illness called listeriosis, which is extremely dangerous for a pregnant women and her unborn baby. Listeriosis can cause premature delivery, miscarriage, and fetal death. A pregnant woman is more susceptible to Listeriosis because of the normal pregnancy changes that affect your immune system.
Listeria are unusual because they can grow at refrigeration temperatures of 40 degrees or below. Only cooking kills them. Therefore follow these food safety tips:
Playing It Safe: Deli Meats
Listeria Could Be Lurking in Your Fridge
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