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Doctor insights on: Listeria And Undercooked Meat

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Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Can eating undercooked meat effect your baby?

Possibly: Cooking makes sure that potentially infectiousare killed. We have all seen examples of withdrawal of ground beef for this reason. Undercooked meat is a risk, not a certainty. ...Read more

Undercooked Meats (Definition)

Eating undercooked meats increases the risk of certain ...Read more


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After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

After accidently eating undercooked meat, about how long does it take for you to get sick?

You may not get sick: It depends on the state of meat before you ate. If the meat was from a healthy animal that was slaughtered and processed hygienically, you may not suffer any ill-effects. If these conditions are not met, illnesses range from gastro-enterititis within hours to parasitic infestations that may take years to express. ...Read more

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Iam 12 week pregnant, today Ate one slice of raw beef meat( air dried and salted,) can it cause listeria?how can i avoid? Will yogurt help?

Iam 12 week pregnant, today Ate one slice of raw beef meat( air dried and salted,) can it cause listeria?how can i avoid? Will yogurt help?

Avoid raw meats: pregnant women are 10 more likely to get listeriosis isymtoms of listeria include headaches, muscle aches fever ,chills, nausea and vomiting . you should consult your doctor no and immediately if symtoms occur it can be treated with antibiotics. it can cause miscarriage prematurity, MR, blindness , and death ...Read more

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Why is listeria monocytogenes only associated with meats which have been processed?

It isn't: It's also associated with raw milk, soft cheese, raw vegetables, ice cream, raw meat and poultry. ...Read more

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5 months pregnant and ate lunch meat two days in a row should I be worried about getting listeria?

Probably not: Unless there is a recall of the brand you ate you are probably fine. In the future avoid soft, unpasteurized cheeses such as Brie and Camembert and if you still want to eat lunch meat and are worried, heat it. Heat kills Listeria. In the meantime if you have any symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, or fever, see your doctor, early treatment will protect your baby. http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/listeria/ ...Read more

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At 7 months pregnant should I be concerned about listeria? I want to eat deli meat but don't want to pug baby at risk

At 7 months pregnant should I be concerned about listeria? I want to eat deli meat but don't want to pug baby at risk

Cook it: The best idea with deli meat (and i realize that it doesn't sound appetizing at all times!) is to heat your deli meat. Problems for listeria do lessen with advancing gestational age, but can still occur, so be safe. Best wishes for pregnancy! ...Read more

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Does all canned luncheon meat like SPAM harbor listeria? Ate product made with it meant to be cold never warmed. I'm 34w today.

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

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Can you get listeria from undercooked eggs or is salmonella the only danger from undercooked eggs?

Common egg bacteria: Eggs have been the source of food-bourne pathogens including: Salmonella (common), Campylobacter, Staphylococcus Aureas, Bacillus Cereus and Listeria. Generally, bacteria are passed via undercooked eggs or when used raw in a food consumed (e.g., cookie dough). However, in the US in 2012 there was a massive recall of hard-boiled eggs with Listeria introduced via factory processing equipment. ...Read more