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Pregnancy and Food Safety

Pregnancy is an important time for mother and baby. 
There are many things to consider when choosing and preparing food. 
This booklet is designed to help you make the best choices for you and your baby. 
 What you should know -
  • Bacteria that can cause foodborne illness include Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter and E.coli
  • Foodborne illness can be caused by eating contaminated food.  It can affect everyone, but it can be more serious for you and your baby when you are pregnant. 
  • Foodborne illness can make your baby sick before and after birth
  • Proper food handling, eating foods which are safe for pregnant women and taking steps to SEPARATE, CHILL, CLEAN and COOK will help to prevent foodborne illness including listeriosis

Food Safety During
Pregnancy Booklet

  Food Safety Poster

 Listeria and Food Safety Poster


This work has been published in the Canadian Family Physician.

Taylor M, Kelly M, Noel M, Brisdon S, Berkowitz J, Gustafson L, Galanis E. Pregnant women’s knowledge, practices, and needs related to food safety and listeriosis: A study in British Columbia. Canadian Family Physician 2012; 58:1106-12

Related research:

Kirkham C, Berkowitz J. Listeriosis in pregnancy: survey of British Columbia practitioners' knowledge of risk factors, counseling practices, and learning needs. Canadian Family Physician 2010; 56(4):e158-66.



Last Updated: September 9, 2013