Can Pregnant Women Eat Pepperoni?


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Pregnant women should not eat deli meats or luncheon meats, such as pepperoni, unless they are reheated until steaming hot, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These meats carry the risk of containing Listeria monocytogenes, which can sometimes lead to infection.

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Can Pregnant Women Eat Pepperoni?
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Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can grow at refrigerator temperatures. Although Listeria infection is rare, pregnant women are more susceptible to it, and their unborn babies are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, according to American Pregnancy Association.

This bacterium is also found in foods such as soft cheeses, hot dogs, refrigerated smoked seafood, refrigerated meat spreads, raw, or unpasteurized, milk and products containing unpasteurized milk. According to the FDA, these foods should be avoided during pregnancy to prevent transmission of Listeria monocytogenes.

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