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    Default Fetta while pregnant?

    For the first time in 15 weeks I have my appetite back, and what I'm really craving is a good Greek salad!

    I'm wondering whether fetta is safe to eat? I googled it but am getting mixed answers

    If it's not safe, is there anything I could substitute it for?

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    Default Fetta while pregnant?

    I'm pretty sure it's not safe to eat when fresh (salad etc) but when cooked is fine (spinach and feta rolls etc).

    Eta: Not sure what you can use as a substitute, sorry.

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    Soft cheeses are generally considered a no no when pregnant due to listeria risk. I ate cooked fetta.

    Some eat soft cheeses. Some do not. I did not feel comfortable as there have been 2 instances of listeria in Australian cheese around my pregnancies.

    The only cheeses are hard cheeses I guess? Or cook it up and have fried fetta or something? Or fried halloumi?

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    Only if cooked and eaten hot (75 degrees) I'm sorry
    What about a really sharp mature cheddar? Sorry I know it's not quite the same is it!
    If you're interested for more info the NSW food authority publishes a document explaining why certain foods should be avoided. Here is what they say about soft cheese:
    6.2 Soft cheeses The risk
    Soft cheeses such Brie, Camembert, Fetta and Ricotta make it onto this list because they are exposed during the manufacturing process, increasing the chance of contamination by Listeria, and the pH (measure of acidity) of the cheese is quite high, allowing Listeria to grow during the shelf life of the product if it is there.
    While all cheese made in Australia is made from milk that has been pasteurised (a heating process that will kill off Listeria) there is potential for re-contamination during the maturation period which may be 10-12 days, and then for growth of the organism to occur during the shelf life of the product which may be up to a few months.
    Until late 2012, there was little evidence to show that Australian cheeses were very risky, because all are made with pasteurised milk. However in 2012 a brand of soft cheese was implicated in several cases of listeriosis across the country, including one miscarriage at 19 weeks
    The NSW guidelines are great http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/...-when-pregnant
    http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/..._pregnancy.pdf

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    Default Fetta while pregnant?

    Thanks for the help and suggestions! @twinklify, I think grilled haloumi will hit the spot!

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    I ate a salad my friend made a few weeks ago at a party and she said "YOU WERENT MEANT TO EAT THAT ONE! IT HAS FETTA IN IT!" And I said "no fetta is fine" so came home and did some googling and found that it actually isn't fine, something to do with it being stored in brine. Lesson learned haha!

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