Almost every woman that has ever been pregnant can testify of the unusual cravings they are plagued with. However, pregnant women should be especially cautious at this time as they could transfer a dangerous disease called Toxoplasmosis to their unborn infant.
Toxoplasmosis is caused by a single-celled parasite called Taxoplasma Gondii. Infants born to mothers who become infected with the disease shortly before or during pregnancy are at great risk of brain and eye injury.
Taxoplasmosis can be contracted by eating unwashed fruits and vegetables, drinking unpasteurized goats milk, accidentally ingesting contaminated soil, drinking water contaminated with Taxoplasma Gondii and eating food that has been contaminated by knives, utensils cutting boards and other foods that have had contact with raw, contaminated meat. However, consuming undercooked meat or poultry contaminated or accidental ingestion is among the highest reported medium of infection.
Pregnant women can protect their health and the health of their unborn child by ensuring meats attains a 145˚F and poultry a temperature of 165˚F. The thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the meat to get an accurate reading and then left to rest for three minutes before carving.
Of course, there’s always the temptation to use judgement to determine if the meat is properly cooked. However, when health and safety are at stake, especially that of an unborn child – there is no room for guessing games.
Using a food thermometer such as the Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer sold by Impulseev is one of the best ways to ensure that the meats have attained the correct temperature. The Chef Remi Cooking Thermometer boasts an innovative splash proof design and an extensive temperature range with both Fahrenheit and Celsius reading options.