Pregnant and brie
Brie is a popular type of cheese among the Dutch, but it is not always safe for pregnant women to eat. While the vast majority of grocery store brie varieties are safe, there are also a number of traditionally prepared breezes that can be dangerous. The danger lies mainly in the possible contamination with Listeria. This bacteria can occur in brie made from raw milk. Listeria infection can have serious consequences during pregnancy.
Which brie is allowed and which brie is not allowed during pregnancy?
Pregnant women should pay attention to whether the brie is made from raw milk or pasteurized milk. Raw milk brie can often be recognized by its name. Names such as Boerenbrie, Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun are made from raw milk. Raw milk brie often has a somewhat stronger aroma and taste and the crust is often less white. It is also almost always indicated on the label. Terms like 'au lait cru' also indicate that the brie is made from raw milk. The vast majority of brie available in supermarkets is made from pasteurized milk and is therefore safe to eat when you are pregnant. The label often states 'pasteurized milk' as an ingredient. By the way, if the brie is properly heated, it is always safe. This can be done by heating a bread roll with brie in the oven, for example, until the brie has melted well and has reached a minimum of 72 degrees.