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Can I eat cooked brie and blue cheese during pregnancy?

When you're pregnant, it's safe to eat brie and soft blue cheeses if they're cooked. It's important to make sure the cheese is thoroughly cooked until it's steaming hot all the way through.

Soft cheese and listeria

Some types of soft cheese may contain listeria bacteria, so pregnant women are advised not to eat them. It's not certain the cheese will contain listeria, but there's a higher risk than with other types.

Cheeses to avoid include:

  • soft mould-ripened cheeses, such as camembert, brie or chèvre (a type of goats' cheese), and others with a similar rind
  • soft blue-veined cheeses, such as danish blue, gorgonzola and roquefort

Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, which usually leads to flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. However, it can cause serious problems, such as miscarriage or stillbirth, or severe illness in a newborn baby.

Thorough cooking should kill any bacteria, so it should be safe to eat cooked soft cheeses, such as baked brie or deep-fried camembert, or dishes that contain them.

Hard blue cheeses, such as stilton, are safe to eat without cooking.

Read the answers to more questions about pregnancy.

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