During pregnancy, changes take place in your immune system so that it does not reject your baby's DNA. This leaves you more at risk from food poisoning, which could put your baby at risk. As well as avoiding any foods that may be unsafe, you should also make sure that your own kitchen is a safe, hygienic place for food preparation.
- Keep all food-preparation areas scrupulously clean.
- Change tea towels and dish cloths daily and wash them at the highest temperature possible. buying and storing food
- Only buy food you will eat before its best-before date.
- Buy chilled and frozen foods at the last possible moment and bring them home in a cool-bag.
- Rewrap foods if needed and put them into the freezer or refrigerator as soon as possible. The coldest part of the refrigerator should be no higher than 5 °C and the freezer should be set to -18 °C or lower.
- Wrap raw meat and store it on a plate at the bottom of the refrigerator and keep eggs separate. Do not store milk and dairy products in the door.
- Store cooked and uncooked foods in different parts of the refrigerator and ensure that everything is covered.
- Throw away any food that has been in the freezer for longer than the manufacturer's guidelines.
- Always defrost food on a plate in the refrigerator.
- Never cook food that is not totally defrosted, unless the instructions say it may be cooked from frozen.
- Use separate chopping boards for cooked meat, uncooked meat and vegetables. sWash all equipment in hot soapy water after use and knives between cutting meat and vegetables
- Wash your hands before and after preparing food and after handling raw meat or eggs.
- Always wash vegetables, fruit and salads.
- Rinse rice and pulses (dried and canned) before use.
Meat Make sure that meat and poultry are cooked thoroughly at oven temperatures of 180 °C or above. To test whether poultry is cooked, pierce the flesh through the thickest part with a skewer or a fork - the juices should be clear, never pink or red.
Fish The flesh should look opaque and flake easily when cooked.
Cook-chill foods Follow the manufacturer's recommended timings on packaged food. Make sure that the food is piping hot all the way through. If not, return it to the oven.
Barbecues Ensure the coals are white-hot before you start cooking. Check that meat is thoroughly cooked through. If it is still pink, put it back on the barbecue.