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Tips to help expectant moms safely ring in the New Year

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Editor’s note: This column by Luis Delgadillo of the food safety education staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service was first published by USDA on Dec. 22. Most expectant mothers know about the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant and opt for sparkling juices instead of champaign to toast the New Year. But, many… Continue Reading

Victim warns expectant moms about food safety complications

Baby born prematurely with listeriosis after mother ate contaminated cantaloupe

Almost 5 years old now, Kendall Paciorek is right on track. She can walk, run, talk and say her ABCs. And while that normal progression of abilities common to many children her age might not seem all that impressive, to her mother and father Michelle Wakley-Paciorek and Dave Paciorek, it’s “a miracle.” Little Kendall was… Continue Reading

Government Releases Food Safety Manual for Pregnant Women

The two federal agencies in charge of food safety in the U.S. have jointly published a manual of advice for avoiding foodborne illness during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness from certain foodborne pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes and Toxoplasma gondii, because hormonal changes render their immune systems more susceptible to infection…. Continue Reading

Pregnant Woman’s Listeria Case Prompts Cheese Recall in NJ

A woman 38 weeks pregnant was diagnosed with Listeria monocytogenes infection, and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services is now warning the public not to eat any cheese products produced by El Ranchero del Sur of South River, NJ. Lab tests confirmed L. monocytogenes in a sample of the company’s Los Corrales… Continue Reading

Cancer Patients, Pregnant Woman at High Risk for Listeriosis

Pregnant women and people with leukemia and several other types of cancer are as much as 1,000 times more susceptible to Listeria infections, French researchers report. Doctors at the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (Institut de Veille Sanitaire) summarized the results of a major study of French listeriosis patients, concluding that pregnant women and cancer… Continue Reading

Reported in Juice, Now in Rice; Arsenic is Everywhere

Information on arsenic exposure has been all over the news this year and the latest study to be released says that eating rice may lead to potentially harmful exposure to the toxic heavy metal.  Lots of rice is eaten in the U.S., report researchers from Dartmouth College’s Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Center.  The… Continue Reading

FDA Asked to Revise Fish-Consumption Advice

Two senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration to revise its recommendations on how much fish pregnant and nursing women can safely eat. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) ask that the agency’s recommendations be changed to reflect those of the recently released 2010… Continue Reading

Pregnancy Cook Book Recalled Down Under

Is there a difference between banning a book and recalling a book for its content? In Australia and New Zealand, a cookbook is being recalled because government health experts think its intended audience–pregnant women—could do themselves or their babies harm if they used it as a meal-making guide. And the publisher, ACP Magazines Ltd., is… Continue Reading

Food Safety For Pregnant Women

Foodborne illness is a serious health risk for pregnant women and their unborn babies.  During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is weakened and it is harder for her body to fight off harmful foodborne microorganisms.  In addition, the baby’s immune system is not developed enough to fight off the harmful microorganisms either.  In general, since… Continue Reading