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Tillamook Cheese is safe to eat during pregnancy

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!

Image: Flickr/Frank De Kleine Coloring (Creative Commons)



Absolutely it's safe! I ate it through my first pregnancy and would be absolutely lost without it during my current pregnancy. It is my go-to food. Love it.

August 9th, 2011 at 12:37 pm


Tillamook Team

So glad we can help with your pregnancy cravings Amy! Thanks for eating Tillamook Cheese, and congrats on your, soon-to-be, new delivery! -Jala of the Tillamook Team

August 9th, 2011 at 12:55 pm


i ate SO much Tillamook cheese in my first and now my second pregnancy! that's all we buy in this household. :) i turned my husband onto only eating the best (he didn't have it where he grew up)...and now my two year old loves it too. he loves the medium the best, but will also eat the string mozzarella cheese too! we put it in and on most everything. haha i'm with Amy, if i didn't have it in this pregnancy, i don't know what i would do...

August 9th, 2011 at 2:48 pm


Tillamook Team

A dedicated Tillamook household — I love it! Thanks for your comment JoLady and our best to you and your family on your new little one. -Jala of the Tillamook Team

August 9th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Mhairi Scallion

i am so happy i can eat this cheese i have been craving cheese alot more and this is one of my favorites!

August 24th, 2012 at 12:19 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Mhairi,

Thanks so much for being a fan! Congrats on your baby loaf!! :)

- Kelly of the Tillamook Team

August 29th, 2012 at 11:48 am


You might consider changing the information currently on your website about pasteurization vs. heat shocking your cheeses. I just ate some of the vintage sharp white cheddar and then freaked out after I consulted your website. It says that not all Tillamook cheeses are safe to eat during pregnancy...including the one I just ate!

August 22nd, 2013 at 8:34 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Elaine,

Thanks for reaching out to us. Please be assured that all Tillamook Cheese is safe to eat during pregnancy. I'm not sure where you may have heard otherwise, but since all our cheese is either heat shocked or pasteurized, it is perfectly safe for you and your baby, even the Vintage White Sharp. I hope this clears up any confusion! Please let me know if you have more questions.

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

August 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm


What about Tillamook Ice Cream being pasteurized? My wife is wondering if it is safe for her to eat?

August 25th, 2013 at 8:33 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Larry,

Thanks for the question! Our ice cream is made with pasteurized milk, and is perfectly safe for your wife to eat if she has a craving for something sweet. Thanks again for reaching out to us!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

August 28th, 2013 at 4:05 pm


We love Tillamook. Is it possible that Tillamook could consider writing "Pasteurized" or "Heat Shocked" on all of the products that are? The only reason I ask is that, even though it is obvious to me that I am safe to eat it while pregnant, I am still not able to bring myself to eat your (awesome, delicious) cheese and ice-cream unless it says so on the packaging. If I may make a plea, it would be to simply list it on the package. But, thank you again for all of your wonderful products. - Still a fan.

September 7th, 2013 at 4:28 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Colleen,

Thanks so much for your comment! I'll be sure to share your request with our packaging design team, to let them know you'd like to see a heat shocked or pasteurized label on our cheese and ice cream. Feedback like this is very important to us; thanks again for taking the time to share your concern. I'd also like to reiterate that our cheese and ice cream is safe to eat while pregnant, in case you still have lingering doubts!

All the best,

Callie, of the Tillamook team

September 17th, 2013 at 10:49 am

Michelle Stanley

I just bought Tillamook mild Cheddar Cheese ... I took one bite of it and loved it. I then wanted to check the label , I should have checked it out while at the grocery store but i know that most hard
Cheeses are pasteurized . I freaked out not beibg able to read it
Directly on the label so i had to research it online to make
Sure i did not consume raw cheese. I agree with Collen you guys
Should jusy simply print it on all the lables .

November 24th, 2013 at 7:29 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your comment! I'm sorry for any confusion or concern. I'll be sure to share your comment with our Product Development team, to let them know you'd like to see this information printed on our packaging. Thanks again for sharing your feedback!


Callie, of the Tillamook team

November 27th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

L Faith

And yet you don't actually say that your milk is pasteurized. Is all your milk pasteurized?

November 27th, 2013 at 6:50 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi L,

Thanks for asking! Most Tillamook Cheddar uses heat shocked milk, while most of our other cheeses use pasteurized milk. Both heat shocking and pasteurization kill any dangerous bacteria. Please contact us with any questions about specific products!


Callie, of the Tillamook team

December 4th, 2013 at 3:40 pm


Hi: So I read the label on your package while buying the sharp cheddar which said "cultured milk". I was tempted to forgoe buying the cheese but I happened to turn the cheese and noticed the whole foods label which said that the cheese was made with "pasteurized" milk. This convinced me of its safety. I would not have bought the cheese if I had not read the whole foods label. You should consider updating your website as well. Thanks!

January 21st, 2014 at 2:54 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Ish,

I'm sorry for any confusion! To clarify - some Tillamook Cheese is made with heat-shocked milk instead of pasteurized milk, but it is all safe to eat while pregnant. Heat shocking kills bacteria that could be harmful during pregnancy, so it is safe to continue nibbling on our loafs while you're expecting. I hope this clears up any confusion!


Callie, of the Tillamook team

January 28th, 2014 at 4:17 pm


Hi Tillamook Team,

Thank you for posting this and I really appreciate all the responses the Team provides to those that post. I have a hard time figuring out what is safe to eat and what is not while I am pregnant. As a big fan of cheese in general, I am happy to find a company that I feel I can trust to purchase from while I am pregnant. I love your cheeses and ice cream. I am looking forward to purchasing more of your products during my pregnancy since now I know they are safe to eat! Thank you!

July 2nd, 2014 at 2:09 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi Maria,

Thank you so much for your comment! Congratulations on your little baby loaf! I'm so happy to hear that you found this post useful and I'm also happy to hear that you will be enjoying Tillamook products for the rest of your pregnancy!

All the best,

Lauren of the Tillamook team

July 7th, 2014 at 1:29 pm


Glad you had this blog and glad I still can eat Tillamock Cheese. The package was a bit confusing. I was looking for the word pasteurized milk but it said "cultured." I didn't know what that meant.


October 13th, 2014 at 3:09 pm


Tillamook Team

Hi April,
I'm glad you could find the answers you were looking for here on our blog. If you ever have other questions about our products, please don't hesitate to call our Consumer Relations team at 1-855-562-3568 or

All the best,
Amalya of the Tillamook Team

October 14th, 2014 at 2:14 pm
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