7. Unpasteurised Dairy Products
The process of pasteurisation kills the bacteria present in milk and other dairy products that can be harmful to human health. All milk sold in UK supermarkets and shops has been pasteurised, but “raw” milk that’s not been pasteurised can be bought directly from farms. Some cheeses are also made using unpasteurised milk, such as parmesan, gruyere and Roquefort.
Healthy adults can tolerate unpasteurised milk and dairy products, but the young bodies of babies and children cannot. They’re more susceptible to dangerous food pathogens that can cause serious food poisoning such as listeria. Therefore, unpasteurised milk and dairy products shouldn’t be given to babies or children.
Raw, unpasteurised milk or dairy products made with unpasteurised milk such as parmesan and Roquefort cheeses, should not be given to babies and young children due to the high risk of serious food poisoning.