The cured Iberian ham is free of toxoplasma
Iberian ham can be consumed by pregnant women because, due to its healing process, there is no risk of toxoplasmosis, according to the first conclusions of a study prepared by the Andalusian Technological Center of the Cárnico Sector (Teica), participated by the Ministry of Innovation of the Junta de Andalucía.
"This study concludes that the factors that eliminate toxoplasmosis from Iberian ham are the long healing process", explained the manager of Teica, Juan Carlos Racero.
The social group that includes this study is "very broad" since it supposes an extensive level of society, says Racero, who adds that "it is not necessary to think only of the pregnant woman but of her closest family environment, since when this situation nobody in the family consumes ham. "
Iberian ham and toxoplasmosis in pregnancy
The center has signed a framework agreement of scientific and technical collaboration with the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO) in relation to the results obtained with the study on toxoplasma in cured ham and its possible consumption by pregnant women.
Racero describes as "very important" the signing of this agreement since "it will mean that the medical managers of all Spain have a protocol, backed by a scientific study, to inform pregnant women about the consumption of ham."
Another important feature of this collaboration is to present new studies on the importance of meat in food, "wrongly we still think that meat is not as healthy as other foods, however taken knowing the properties it has, is a food as complete and as necessary as the others, "said Racero.