Information on “No raw milk products during pregnancy”
Especially during pregnancy one thing is of great importance – a balanced and healthy diet. During this time, the pregnant woman must not only take care of her own body, but also of the child’s body and its nutrients. Through food there is always the danger of transmitting pathogens to the unborn child. Therefore, this general recommendation is to avoid raw milk and raw milk products – simply to keep this risk as low as possible.
Distinction between pasteurised milk and untreated raw milk
We are often asked about this topic, because family planning is probably the topic of everyone’s life and the enjoyment of cheese is also part of the quality of life for many people.
The big difference is the heating. In contrast to pasteurised milk, raw milk for raw milk cheese is heated to a maximum of 40 °C. The temperature of raw milk for raw milk cheese is also 40 °C. Microorganisms in the milk are not killed at these temperatures, so that the raw milk cheese can also contain these undesirable bacteria. The exception here is long matured hard cheese. Due to the long maturing period, this cheese no longer contains any undesirable microorganisms.
What danger does raw milk cheese pose for pregnant women?
As raw milk for raw milk cheese is heated only slightly, it may contain pathogens such as ‘listeria’, which are killed by the usual heating of pasteurisation above 70 °C. The pasteurisation process is carried out at a temperature of 70 °C or more. Healthy people are usually not harmed by these pathogens. However, they can become a problem for pregnant women, infants or sick people. The infectious disease listeriosis is caused by listeria, which leads to flu-like symptoms, fatigue and poor performance.
During pregnancy, infection with listeriosis can lead to premature birth or even death. In addition, listeria can be transmitted to the child and lead to inflammation of the brain and cerebral membrane, which can lead to mental and physical disabilities. In addition to listeria, Escherichia coli bacteria, salmonella or tuberculosis bacteria can also occur in raw milk and its products, which can also be harmful to the child.
Medical doctors therefore recommend in general that pregnant women should therefore avoid raw milk and raw milk products.
Women in pregnancy and Alpine cheese from Alpen Sepp
Ultimately, it remains for the pregnant woman to decide whether she accepts the residual risk of a natural product. If the cheese enjoyment is reduced to long matured mountain cheese, it is practically impossible that it can come to an infection by listeria, especially if the cheese rind itself is not eaten. Nevertheless, our cheese is and remains a natural product.
Highest standard for absolute minimization of danger from listeria
- Highest food hygiene guidelines for contact with food – continuous hand cleaning during cheese washing, cheese storage and cheese handling.
- Listeria are possible during cheese production and multiply on the cheese rind. Fortunately, our dairy has had no problems with listeria so far, but controls are carried out continuously and the highest standards are applied in order to reduce the risk of listeria to a minimum.
- Toxoplasmosis is not possible with our alpine cheese. This is a hygiene issue in meat production and is mainly associated with cats and cat droppings.
Our recommendation for your cheese enjoyment also during pregnancy
Mountain cheese from Alpen Sepp – cheese enjoyment without hesitation for pregnant women!
Alpine hard cheese