Is it safe to eat from a buffet when I'm pregnant?

Is it safe to eat from a buffet when I'm pregnant?

It's best to avoid buffets when you're pregnant. That includes buffets at parties and at restaurants.

Here's the problem. When food is not prepared safely, left out too long, or not kept at the proper temperature, it can harbor bacteria or parasites that cause food poisoning, such as listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella poisoning. These conditions are particularly dangerous for pregnant women and can even lead to miscarriage or premature birth.

Safety criteria that might not be met at a buffet:

  • Hot foods must be kept in chafing dishes or slow cookers at 140 degrees F or warmer.
  • Cold foods need to be refrigerated until serving time and then kept on ice at 40 degrees F or colder.
  • Empty serving dishes should be replaced with freshly filled ones rather than refilled.
  • Chafing dishes and slow cookers must be covered with lids and have their own serving utensils.
  • Food should not sit out for more than two hours (one hour when the temperature is above 90 degrees F).

Also, while many restaurant buffets have sneeze guards to protect food from coughs and sneezes, food can still become contaminated by people's hands – or even the handle of the utensil used to scoop out the food.

Bottom line: Skip the buffet and order off the menu.

Watch the video: How to Keep a Healthy Pregnancy Diet (January 2022).

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