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Can you eat mozzarella when pregnant?

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According to the Mayo Clinic, if mozzarella cheese is pasteurized, it is safe for a pregnant woman to eat. The Clinic recognizes that mozzarella is typically pasteurized, but soft cheeses, such as Brie and blue cheese, are often untreated.

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In addition to mozzarella, the United Kingdom's NHS lists several other cheeses that are generally safe, including hard cheeses, cream cheese, ricotta, paneer, goat cheese and processed cheese. Unpasteurized foods, such as certain dairy products and juices, sometimes cause food-borne illnesses, the Mayo Clinic states. In addition, the NHS warns women against eating undercooked meats, shark, swordfish, marlin, raw or undercooked eggs, pate and unwashed fruits and vegetables.

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