Are mozzarella, halloumi and feta safe in pregnancy?

Mozzarella, halloumi, feta - what are the rules on these cheeses when pregnant?

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In a nutshell

Yes, these soft cheeses are safe to eat – as long as they’re pasteurised.

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The expert view

Fancy a pizza topped with creamy mozzarella, some grilled halloumi or uncooked feta?

The good news is that these cheeses are perfectly safe to eat when pregnant, and a great source of calcium.

The NHS recommends that, except for mould-ripened soft cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert, all other soft types of cheese are OK to eat provided they’re made from pasteurised milk. They’re safe whether cooked or eaten raw.

This safe list of soft cheeses includes:

Nutritionist Dr Rana Conway adds: “The rules for organic cheese are the same as for non-organic cheese.”

Mums writing in our forum say

“Just the protein side of things that has been letting me down. Thank God for halloumi cheese as I seem to be ok on that and try to have a cracker with a slice of cheese every now and again.” MaddyW

“I have been using pregnancy as an excuse to get extra mozzarella whenever we order pizza – yum!” Lilmissbride

So what other cheeses can I eat when I’m pregnant?

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