Was just in Waitrose and they had a plate of 'tasters' - was a square of cheddar cheese - thumb nail size - with tomato chutney on top. Was very yummy but once swallowed I realised the cheese was unpasteurised. Should I be concerned? (I am 33+5.)
Had same question when I was pregnant (about 20 weeks) as my mum gave me a mature cheddar sandwich then noticed on pack it was unpasteurised cheese. I panicked and phoned hospital - they said that it's extremely rare to get anything and usually just from soft unpasteurised cheese as hard cheeses are matured for so long that they no longer contain bacteria.
"Here are some other things that are wantonly untrue: pasteurisation, in fact, has nothing to do with a cheese's ability to harbour the listeria bacteria. The bacteria that characterise different cheeses are introduced after the pasteurisation process anyway. Listeria flourishes in moist environments, so parmesan is safe where camembert isn't, but even rinded and soft cheeses are safe once they have been cooked. But food hygiene is a much more important factor than moisture - raw fish does not come out of the sea carrying listeria, but contracts the bacteria from contact with dirty hands. Of the past two outbreaks of listeria in Britain, one was from butter and the other from lettuce (there have been other instances of product recalls, but no human contamination).
In fact the three worst recorded cases of list-eria since 1992 have all been in France, and were all from pork tongue in jelly, which nobody in their right mind would ever eat. Of the past 10 listeriosis outbreaks in America, only two were from cheese, and one of those was a Mexican homemade cheese. The notion that there are pregnant people out there whipping themselves into a frenzy of guilt because they have eaten some gorgonzola is just infuriating."
Thank you one and all. I have actually read that article before and rejoiced very loudly in the privacy of my own home. Phew - re: the cheese, I didn't think there was much to worry about but these days it seems if pregnant mothers breathe they're doing the wrong bloody thing!
Before I knew I was PG went out for sushi twice got well and truly rat asses and ate a whole pack of camberzola and blue stilton - was beating myself up with guilt but really not much can be done once eaten and mothers have so much that we are made to feel guilty for