Food Safety for Children and Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

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Pregnant women and young children are among those at highest risk for foodborne illnesses, making safe food handling particularly important for them. This page provides a number of resources specifically for these two groups, as well as breastfeeding women. Additional resources on general safe food handling are also available. Links to related information can be found at the buttons to the right.

It's important to know that foodborne illness can result in more than just a few unpleasant days of fever and tummy troubles. It can also result in long-term effects and can even be deadly.

Education/Printable Materials
Food Safety for Moms and Moms-to-Be Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, CNPP
Reviews the four core food safety practices and food safety advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Other materials from this site include:


Food Safety for Pregnant Women Booklet Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA; U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
Provides tips and guidance for food safety during pregnancy, including tips for eating out, transporting food and food shopping, reviews the importance of food safety for pregnant women and symptoms for foodborne illness, and more. This booklet is also available in Spanish.

Preventing Listeriosis in Pregnant Hispanic Women in the U.S. Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA
Provides education tools and materials in English and Spanish to help prevent listeriosis in pregnant women in the US, including posters that warn against certain cheeses. The site and materials are also available in Spanish.

Kids Food Safety Source: Nutrition.gov (compilation)
Provides links to a variety of resources (some of which are also available in Spanish) for kids, including interactive games (paper and mobile); activity, coloring and comic books; educational campaigns; and more.


Information Resources
Food Safety for Moms-to-Be: While You're Pregnant Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FDA
Provides information on preventing foodborne risks before, during, and after pregnancy, including methylmercury and toxoplasma, as well as on taking folic acid to prevent birth defects and on infant food safety. This site is also available in Spanish.

Food Safety for Pregnant Women Source: Foodsafety.gov
Reviews foodborne pathogens and their corresponding illnesses' impact during pregnancy and specific guidelines to foods pregnant women should and should not eat, and provides links to other related resources and materials. This site is also available in Spanish.

Listeria Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC
Provides Q&As, information on symptoms, prevention, those at risk, and foods that are more likely to contain Listeria. This site is also available in Spanish.

Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS
Provides information on Listeriosis, including foods associated with this foodborne disease, symptoms, pregnancy outcomes, prevention action steps, and contact information for food safety questions.