Listeria Risk During Pregnancy

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Listeria Risk During Pregnancy
Tue, 05-14-2013 - 11:57am

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- No single action can put an end to Listeria in food sold at stores, but U.S. retail deli operators can take steps to reduce listeriosis risk, officials say.

A study by the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found if all refrigerated, ready-to-eat foods were stored at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or below -- as the FDA Food Code recommends -- at least 9 of every 100 cases of listeriosis caused by contaminated deli products could be prevented.

Listeria is a serious risk during pregnancy. Are you at all concerned about the risk of Listeria during your pregnancy?  Are you avoiding cold cuts completely or do you feel okay giving them a try?

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Registered: 04-09-2013
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 10:12am

It just isn't worth the risk to me at all so I've been avoiding all deli meats.  Better safe than sorry! 

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Registered: 10-09-2003
Wed, 05-15-2013 - 4:30pm

I'm a believer of everything in moderation.  Plus to me if I take something completely off the possibility list then that's all I'm going to want!.  This is my 4th pregnancy and I am happy to see that a lot of the restrictions they blasted us with 10 years ago have been brought to more realistic standards.  I'm going to eat a deli sandwich every once in a while, I'm going to exercise as hard as my body says it can-when it can, and I'm going to steal sips from my husbands drink every now and then.  But I will eat my fruits and veggies every day....along with that bit of chocolate! :-)


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Registered: 10-13-2010
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 10:25pm

I hadn't heard about this, but if I had, I probably would still have eaten the deli meats I've bought at the store.  I'm still just trying to eat what I can - what sounds good - so I'm going with that.  I'm not really one to go overboard on cutting things out of my diet (except alcohol... but I'm not much of a drinker, anyway).

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