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Food Safety


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.

Hygiene

Food preparation

Cooking

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.