We’re often asked if it’s safe to eat Tillamook Cheese during pregnancy. The answer is yes! Tillamook Cheese is safe for mamas-to-be (and their little “Baby Loaf” in the oven!). And boy am I happy about this… in just a few weeks I’ll be meeting my baby for the very first time. Both he and I have been craving Tillamook Cheese (and ice cream!) during these past 9 months!
There are certain soft cheeses that should be avoided during pregnancy (ask your doctor). Many pregnant women are concerned that eating cheese will result in infection caused by the microorganism Listeria monocytogenes, which is uncontrolled in cheeses made with raw milk. Tillamook Cheese isn’t made with raw milk, and both pasteurization and the heat-shock process destroy this microorganism.
So to all the upcoming mamas out there: you can keep enjoying Tillamook Cheese during pregnancy!
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