People at Risk – Pregnant Women and Newborns
CDC estimates that Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning in the United States. About 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die. Pregnant women and their newborns are much more likely to get a Listeria infection, which is called listeriosis.
Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to get Listeria infection.
Pregnant Hispanic women are 24 times more likely than other people to get Listeria infection.
Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm labor.
Listeria infection can cause serious illness and even death in newborns.
See resources for pregnant women (English)
- 10 tips for preventing infections before and during pregnancy
- Recipe for Food Safety: Protecting people from deadly Listeria food poisoning
- Checklist of foods to avoid during pregnancy
- Tips for preventing a Listeria infection
Ver recursos para las mujeres embarazadas (Español)
- Diez consejos para prevenir infecciones antes y durante el embarazo
- Podcast: Las mujeres embarazadas y el queso fresco y otros tipos de quesos blandos consumidos en la comunidad hispana
- Signos Vitales: Receta para la seguridad de los alimentos [PDF 1 page]
- Lista de alimentos que se deben evitar durante el embarazo
- Wash your hands the right way – for 20 seconds with soap and running water.
- Use a thermometer to make sure your refrigerator is 40°F or lower and your freezer is 0°F or lower.
- Keep raw meat away from fresh produce and other ready-to-eat food, to avoid contamination.
- Thaw or marinate foods in the refrigerator, never on the counter or in the kitchen sink.
- Wash fruits and vegetables (even if you plan to peel them), but do not wash meat, poultry or eggs!
- Use separate cutting boards for raw produce and for raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs.
- Use a food thermometer to be sure food is cooked to its proper temperature.
- Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours in shallow covered containers and use within 3-4 days.
- Know when to throw food out.