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Listeria Consumption Of Unpasteurized Milk Products
Infection: Pasteurization techniques eliminate much of the worry over passing germs from the cow udder to a child or adult. A variety of germs can be present in the initial product, either from the skin or within the udder & not be visible during collection. The germs can feed of the components & reproduce in great numbers.A gastroenteritis caused by such germs is worrisome in infants who dehydrate quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Milk that is pasteurized has undergone a special process of heating that kills harmful bacteria in the milk. Almost all milk that is sold in grocery stores in the United States is pasteurized. Unpasteurized milk (such as milk freshly milked from a cow), may contain bacteria that may be harmful to pregnant ...Read more
Can , unpasteurized, fresh squeezed orange juice cause harm to a fetus? I know unpasteurized milk and cheese should be avoided .
Could listeria crawl from a dry shelf onto/up a water pitcher or milk jug in the fridge? Being pregnant makes me quite paranoid.
Dear Paranoid: It sounds like you are quite worried. Just to put this in perspective, the incidence of listeriosis in pregnancy is 12 per 100, 000. Thus it is a rare disease. Listeria is found commonly in nature. So it can be hard to avoid being exposed to it. It is recommended that you let your obstetrician know if you have symptoms of listeriosis. Symptoms of listeriosis include: fever, flu-like syndrome, . ...Read more
Will symptoms of listeria appear in less than 24 hours after eating infected product? I am pregnant, not feeling well, and ate questionable cheese
Unlikely : The incubation period for listeria is 3 to 70 days. Listeria is killed by cooking and pasteurization so if the cheese was made with pasteurized milk it is less likely to be contaminated with Listeria. The symptoms are fever, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, and neck stiffness. You should see your doctor and get checked if you are truly concerned about a possible infection and is bad in pregnancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does all canned luncheon meat like SPAM harbor listeria? Ate product made with it meant to be cold never warmed. I'm 34w today.
Listeria risks: It can be very difficult to know if a food is contaminated or not with bacteria. For that, mostly, we have to trust the FDA and food inspectors. That said, certain clues can help us avoid foodborne illness. Smell and taste obviously. Also "age" of something after it was opened. Spam direct from can was OK but if it's been in the fridge for a while, toss it. Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. ...Read more
I ate a product since recalled b/c of possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination. How long till I know I'm in the clear in terms of getting sick?
Listeria infection: Healthy people rarely become ill from listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies and newborns. People who have weakened immune systems also are at higher risk of life-threatening complications. Prompt antibiotic treatment can help curb the effects of listeria infection. Symptoms may occur very quickly, within a day or two but may also be delayed for months in onset. ...Read more
What happens if I ate a product recalled due to listeria before the listeria alert came out? I'm 33 weeks pregnant. I'm scared!!!
No: Legionella is mostly thought to be transmitted via exposure to contaminated fresh water, not dairy products. ...Read more
Is the consumption of milk and other dairy products correlated with the prevalence of prostate cancer?
No: While the cause of prostate is not known, and there are links to families with cancer, we next ascribe diet, mostly rish in saturated fats and red meats. Increasingly "healthy" diets are rich in fresh fruits and vegtables, lycopenes from processed tomatoes, elagic acid anti-oxidants from berries and cruciferous vegetables. Vitamin e appears not to help. Milk/dairy has not been indicted! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lactose a sugar, Yes: Diabetes mellitus complex & type ii typically develops over decades. One key metric is ? glucose, hba1c 6.5% vs. Optimal healthy 5.0%. Anything which requires Insulin release to remove ? sugar (less so protein) from water outside cells drives dm & conversion to fat (obesity). Very complex carbs (not ground, processed) less a problem but all carbs/sugar drives dm. Fat does not drive Insulin release. ...Read more
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