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#51 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:40 AM

Ok, I've been avoiding pretty much everything I should, and buying hard cheeses, instead of my favourite soft and semi-softs,  because they're a green light food. And now THIS!

Hard cheese range recalled after Listeria found.

Whaaaaaat?!!

#52 KoalaTeeTime

Posted 17 January 2014 - 09:53 AM

What is the scientific/medical explanation or reason that soft cheeses are 'worse' than hard cheese for Listeria contamination?

I read a lot of advice from the USA that it's only because soft cheeses are often made from unpasteurised milk that there is a problem. Plenty of American women believe that pasteurised soft cheese is fine and they eat it no problems.

So this is the second case of Listeria being found in Australian cheese in two years (almost the exact same time as the last one, I think?). So does anybody else think the recommendation should change to ALL cheeses having the same (low) risk, or will there be more examples where foods which are supposed to be 'safe' turn out to have a similar risk as those in the 'unsafe' category?!

#53 nickyAB

Posted 21 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

bumping up as this is consuming me, it is incredibly hard to know what to eat. I'm  very new to this..

How are packaged salads not OK from the shops if you wash them before you eat them? it's basically impossible to find rocket or cos lettuce on its own.

I have been eating those salad leave bags (spinach, rocket) but making sure I wash them well and dry them and then eat them straight away.

i am absolutely confused and not sure on what to eat. i'm also a vegetarian (but i do eat fish, which isn't safe either) and i'm really struggling.

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Posted 25 March 2014 - 10:38 PM

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#55 RockChick22

Posted 08 April 2014 - 09:30 PM

Nicky, I am wondering the same thing. It is so hard to buy rocket or spinach not in a bag, so if I wash it, is it ok?

Also wondering about salad dressings, if it has egg in it, but it is store bought, is that ok?

Can I put leftovers in the freezer and eat after a few days, or do I really have to eat all leftovers within 24 hours? That's hard for me - I tend to cook big batches and eat over long periods of time!

And how do I eat like this around others without them guessing?? That's a tough one, especially eating out or at other's houses!

I am thinking of asking for a referral to a dietician as I am worried about all this. Has anyone done that?

Would really appreciate anyone's thoughts on these questions.

#56 nickyAB

Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:05 AM

Rock chick I can give you my answers but you can also called the mothersafe hotline if you want further confirmation. However they are very over the top and of the belief that if it hasn't been trailed during pregnancy before in Au they recommend against it. Which is just about every damn thing.

I could have written your post myself! I am waiting until I see my ob and I will also ask for a referral to a dietician because I don't want to gain weight eating  cooked crap for nine months just because it's what's only perceived safe.

- as far as I know anything long life store bought is safe. This includes eggs and milk stuff because it's pasteurised and had preservatives so it's not raw technically. But double check.


I cook and eat left overs that are up to three days old. I don't eat meat though. I just make sure it's well reheated and piping hot ( I'm beginning to hate that expression!)

I think you can freeze your left overs if they have meat and this will make them safer.

Eating around other people like this is really hard. I've tried to avoid going out but this raises more flags. Try just ordering cooked food and ask for no side salads or baked potatoes instead or fake a gastro bug and order something plain! Brunch is always a good idea.

Am going to a friends house next week and told her I'm not well so I can't eat a lot of fresh food. Not a total lie as I was sick with a gastro bug for a week and ended up in hospital. All better now though.

Just try not to stress as much as you can.

Hope this helps!!

#57 merleauponty

Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

I asked my GP about the bags of salad leaves. Every week I wash and dry a bag of baby spinach and keep it sealed in the fridge for salads and sandwiches.
She said no one had asked her that question but she thought it was fine.
It makes sense - I don't see how a bag of salad leaves is any different from any other veg, as long as you wash well it yourself.

#58 nickyAB

Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:20 AM

yes I forgot to add I buy all my salads in bags because I don't have time to peel and cut lettuce. Plus all those lettuce heads are usually full of dirt and worms.

I just make sure I wash them really well. Actually there was an article in the NYTImes about washing veggies properly to get rid of pesticides (which my dr said are quite dangerous for everyone!) and I soak my salad in a one part white vinegar three part water solution to make sure it's cleaned really well.

Vinegar is a natural disinfectant so it works really well.

I can't see how getting lettuce in a bag and washing it is any different to washing a head of lettuce.




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