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    I would have felt a little embarrassed having a chef tell me what i ordered wasn't apparently safe. Tbh.

    But at the same time if i HADNT of known the risks i would have been embarrassed and grateful. I don't think it was done in a malicious way or anything tho?

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    Not sure how I would feel about this TBH. I have gestational diabetes so I feel like a lot has already been taken off the menu for me. If someone tried to take my steak cooked the way I like it away too, I'm not sure I'd react very well.

    My OB has said as long as I'm confident about freshness of the meat then if I want to have medium-rare steak I can knock myself out. So at home I have it medium-rare (and lamb as well) because we buy from a really good butcher, but I usually opt for medium when I eat out. Well done steak is like rubber - not worth eating IMO. If it came out like that I wouldn't hesitate to send it back and request what I'd ordered.

    I also eat soft cheeses occasionally too. I know that's supposed to be a big no-no as well. But cheeses in Australia are pasteurised. Again, OB said if it's something like packaged feta or goat's cheese, only eat it on the day I open the packet and it's fine. It's when it's been sitting, exposed to the air, that you risk listeria.

    Can't wait for this bubba to come out so I can eat whatever I want again! And wine, oh how I miss you...

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    I think it was a considerate thing to do.

    You were provided with the information so the chef could ensure you were making an informed choice.

    I would def go back to a place that clearly holds food safety in such high regard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat74 View Post
    Not sure how I would feel about this TBH. I have gestational diabetes so I feel like a lot has already been taken off the menu for me. If someone tried to take my steak cooked the way I like it away too, I'm not sure I'd react very well.

    My OB has said as long as I'm confident about freshness of the meat then if I want to have medium-rare steak I can knock myself out. So at home I have it medium-rare (and lamb as well) because we buy from a really good butcher, but I usually opt for medium when I eat out. Well done steak is like rubber - not worth eating IMO. If it came out like that I wouldn't hesitate to send it back and request what I'd ordered.

    I also eat soft cheeses occasionally too. I know that's supposed to be a big no-no as well. But cheeses in Australia are pasteurised. Again, OB said if it's something like packaged feta or goat's cheese, only eat it on the day I open the packet and it's fine. It's when it's been sitting, exposed to the air, that you risk listeria.

    Can't wait for this bubba to come out so I can eat whatever I want again! And wine, oh how I miss you...
    This is me too, with GD without those proteins I don't know what I could eat!


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    I think it's rude and not up to the chef whatsoever. What if the customer was just overweight, and not even pregnant?

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    Why on earth would anyone think this is a bad thing. The poor guy has an obligation to serve safe food to his customers. God forbid if he didn't say anything and someone contracted listeria or other food-borne illness everyone would be going on about that too. It's not like he refused to serve it to her, she was made aware of the risk and it was her decision

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat74 View Post
    I also eat soft cheeses occasionally too. I know that's supposed to be a big no-no as well. But cheeses in Australia are pasteurised. Again, OB said if it's something like packaged feta or goat's cheese, only eat it on the day I open the packet and it's fine. It's when it's been sitting, exposed to the air, that you risk listeria.
    The pasteurisation process has no impact on listeria. It is your choice on what you eat, but I'm not convinced that your OB's advice is completely sound.

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    Those saying it's a liability issue...um, no. There are no official oh&s or restaurant guidelines that state pregnant women should be precluded from specific foods. So it's really not his place, or "customer service" to educate me, I just find it so patronising.

    Like I said, the chef wasn't advising me of a potentially risky ingredient not apparent on the menu - he was questioning my choice.

    Not a big thing, but just another example of other people feeling like they have a right to comment on a woman's choices just because she's pregnant whereas nobody would ever think to do so in any other situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Nette View Post
    The pasteurisation process has no impact on listeria. It is your choice on what you eat, but I'm not convinced that your OB's advice is completely sound.
    I was wondering about that because I noticed that Jindi cheeses are pasteurised but they had to recall several of their brands (Wattle Valley, Coles finest brie and camembert) due to a listeria outbreak last year that killed 3 people and caused a woman to miscarry.

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    I personally would love it if a waiter or chef took the time to mention a potential food issue if I was pregnant! Not all women are educated about what they can safely eat either.

    I had an incident when I was pregnant where I ordered a salad and it had mayo on it, I asked the waiter if it had raw egg and he said no. I later found out it did have raw egg and I spent the next 18 weeks until bub arrived panicking I was going to miscarry because I had listeria or my baby would be stillborn!
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