I heard that pregnant women shouldn't eat hot dogs. Is this
Pregnant women don't need to ban hot dogs from their picnic fare,
but they do need to be sure that the weiners they eat are thoroughly
cooked, say nutritionists at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research
Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Undercooked
hot dogs, deli-style meats, soft cheeses and raw milk products can
harbor listeria, a type of bacteria that can cause miscarriages.
Heat kills listeria. So, hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented
and dry sausage and other deli-style meats, and poultry products
that are reheated until steaming are considered safe to eat.
However, soft cheeses like Brie, Camembert, and blue-veined and
Mexican-style cheeses, which cannot be reheated, and unpasteurized
milk products should be avoided.
Pregnant women, the elderly and others at risk for food-borne illnesses
are also advised to pay close attention to the expiration date on
pre-cooked and ready-to-eat perishable foods and to follow good
hand-washing and food-handling practices.
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