Is fresh mozzarella pasteurized?

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Risstopher's picture
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Is fresh mozzarella pasteurized?

I'm going to research this myself on the internet but when you look things up like this sometimes you get a multitude of answers so i figured i would ask all my preggo buddies to see if you've been eating fresh mozzarella or if it's one of those cheeses to avoid.

I haven't had it the entire pergnancy in fear that it is not pasteurized but i haven't wanted it bad enough to research or give it a second thought --well today i feel like i want a margherita pie with a salad on the side, and usually margherita pizzas are made with fresh mozz. if i can't have it i'll just get a personal sized pizza or something, either way i think tongiht is def a pizza night lol

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First, if it's cooked well on the pizza it should be fine to eat. Think of it like deli meat - if you heat it to sizzling, there's no danger. I would think that so long as the cheese wasn't added to the pizza after they cooked it, you should be able to indulge no problem.

Second, if you want to just buy some at the grocery store, you can check the packaging and see if it's pasteurized. I think most of them are. I, personally, wouldn't trust uncooked mozzarella at a restaurant or anywhere I couldn't see the packaging myself, but I've had fresh mozzarella this pregnancy and the package definitely said 'pasteurized'. Smile

I hope you enjoy your pizza!

Risstopher's picture
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Thank you!!!!!!!
The websites I visited basically said the same thing, DH is on his way to get it now! Biggrin

haysmama's picture
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If I'm unsure, I ask the waiter to check with the chef. They have always been happy to do this for me. I've done it twice this pregnancy and it's always been fine! I think you're pretty safe in America, generally speaking.

alwayssmile's picture
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Considering this pregnancy I've had deli meat, goat cheeses, etc that others avoid I'd be eating the cheese. Wink I'm sure I've had fresh mozzarella and never gave it a second thought.

KittyRN's picture
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I eat goat cheese, all the time! its mostly pasteurized here though.

harmonybear's picture
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I'm only really careful with foods in the third trimester, and I'm only really careful with medicines and other things in the first trimester. I still eat eggs with runny yolks and sometimes a bite or two of cookie dough or cake batter. Up until the end of the second trimester I would eat deli meat. The odds are really low that any of these will cause issues. For example, the odds of getting listeriosis from deli meat (about 3 cases per million people, though I think like a third of cases are pregnant women) or salmonella from undercooked eggs (appx 1 out of every 20,000 eggs is contaminated) is significantly less than the overall infant mortality rate in the US (about 7 per 1000 births). Or compare that to the rate of complications with a c-section: 10.4%.

So overall, it's not a huge risk. I do try to be 'good' in the third trimester when my immune system is weakest, but until then I just don't worry about it much. It's probably riskier to drive home from the hospital than it is to eat unpasteurized mozzarella cheese. Having said that, I would still choose NOT to eat it at this point in pregnancy. Smile