NHS Guidelines Taken From The NHS Website

What you can eat

  • all hard cheeses such as Cheddar, Stilton and parmesan
  • soft pasteurised cheeses such as cottage cheese, mozzarella, feta, cream cheese, paneer, ricotta, halloumi, goats’ cheese without a white coating on the outside (rind) and processed cheese spreads
  • thoroughly cooked soft unpasteurised cheeses, until steaming hot
  • thoroughly cooked soft cheeses with a white coating on the outside, until steaming hot
  • thoroughly cooked soft blue cheeses, until steaming hot
  • pasteurised milk, yoghurt, cream and ice cream

What to avoid

  • mould-ripened soft cheeses with a white coating on the outside, such as brie, Camembert and chevre (unless cooked until steaming hot)
  • soft blue cheeses such as Danish blue, Gorgonzola and Roquefort (unless cooked until steaming hot)
  • any unpasteurised cow’s milk, goats’ milk or sheep’s milk
  • any foods made from unpasteurised milk, such as soft goats’ cheese

Why

Unpasteurised dairy products may contain listeria. This bacteria can cause an infection called listeriosis.

There’s a small chance listeriosis can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or make your newborn baby very unwell.

Soft cheeses with a white coating on the outside have more moisture. This can make it easier for bacteria to grow.

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