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Illness From Contaminated Produce on the Rise

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"It makes me think more about eating these salads," Barbara E. Murray, MD, tells WebMD. "With salads, there is not a good way to eliminate contamination, but you really can't avoid them because they are so good for you. I feel more strongly about raw juices -- there are adequate ways to control these, and there are optional products such as pasteurized juice."

Murray, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, warns that pregnant women should be cautious about eating cheese, milk, and certain deli products that might be contaminated with a bacteria known as listeria, which can cause a brain infection in newborns.

Friedman acknowledges that there are limits to how many foods a person can avoid. "I would eat a mango -- but I wouldn't eat sprouts or drink raw or unpasteurized juice because I am pregnant," she says.

 

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