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Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:10 AM
This is more of a vent than a question. So I am in the second trimester. I survived merrily eating cantaloupe until the listeria scare was publicised. Last night we had Chinese takeaway and I bit down and into a nail/staple thing in my beef dish. Luckily I didn’t swallow it. I am going to report it, but was too tired last night. Anyone know if there’s a danger of food poisoning or should it be ok now? Home-cooked food only from now!
Posted 02 June 2018 - 07:37 AM
Chances are you are probably OK, if you didn’t get any food poisoning by now. You could check with your midwife for extra peace of mind!
Good luck - I know what it’s like. There have been a few things which I’ve eaten where I have later freaked out and gone “oh no, was that really bad”. It happens.
Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:43 PM
MillyM, did the staple puncture your skin? I'm thinking the concern with this would be tetanus, and you'd want to check with the doctor about that. Or you may have had a shot/booster already.
Posted 15 June 2018 - 04:54 PM
Ohh I totally understand this! I often eat something very happily then later on realise there was something in it I probably should have avoided and then freak out.
(Got some gourmet takeaway pizza - asked them if the pizza I wanted contained any raw egg at all because there was some sauce drizzled on it, they said no. Later found out that the sauce was made with homemade mayo)
The nail/staple thing would have sent me into a panic too
Posted 15 June 2018 - 05:08 PM
Thanks for the replies. The staple didn’t puncture skin. It’s been a couple of weeks and all seems fine. I did contact the council and take it in and make a report though!
Posted 17 June 2018 - 08:47 PM
From what I've heard, we all probably worry too much about food scares. That's not to say I'd encourage anyone to ignore the recommendations - I'm observing them carefully myself as I want to be as safe as I can be! But apparently it's still very rare for anyone to get listeria poisoning even when they do eat the foods on the avoid-list. In trying to learn more about this stuff, I even discovered that the recommended foods to avoid are also different across different countries - partly because the foods may be prepared/regulated differently in each country, but also just because of differences in cultural and medical views. My mother tells me in her time pregnant mothers weren't given any kind of list of foods to avoid, and they ate everything. Nobody in my family has brain damage (well, admittedly we're all a bit weird but I don't think that was to do with listeria ), and nor did any of the children of my mum's contemporaries.
I say take as much care as you can, but don't fret over the occasional slip, which we all make.
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