A friend of mine told me to soak vegies in boiled water for two hours then rinse before use.
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04-03-2013 09:33 #11
04-03-2013 09:56 #12Senior Member
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I didnt eat shop bought pasta salads as the contamination can be in both and they are all made in the same place. There would be a slightly higher risk because the deli salad is handled more. I did eat some high risk food while preg then worried like anything after which def made it not worth it. Only last year a woman had a miscarriage from eating listeria contaminated cheese yet I still see other mothers saying its all safe and nothing to worry about
04-03-2013 11:10 #13
I love salad but both my ob and kidney dr said any kind of pre made salad from either woollies or a salad bar is the worst thing for food poisoning or listeria so I stay well away.
04-03-2013 11:12 #14
'Fancy' lettuce, bitter leaves, spinach etc that are sold loose/prepagged have a high risk because they blemish easily. If there is listeria on them it gets into the blemishes it's a great breeding ground and hard to wash out (as it's 'in' the veg). That would be one screnario where the lettuce=listeria would come from. The other could be when a cos/iceberg lettuce is chopped without being peeled apart and washed first, or if it is prepared and left for more than a day.
I wish I had a vegie garden up and running because I sooo miss spinach in my juice!! (I did so much research on this to see if I should still use the pre-bagged stuff, including food safety reports etc and decided definitely not).
Your level of listeria caution will be a personal choice. I relaxed a little on my second pregnancy and then miscarried, not listeria related but I just can't handle any doubt. I'm even more paranoid than I was with DD (DH didn't actually think that would be possible - lol).
04-03-2013 12:27 #15
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