December 2013 Moms

recalled soft cheese caused miscarriage and death

http://jezebel.com/evil-recalled-cheese-linked-to-miscarriages-and-death-710437674

 http://www.jsonline.com/business/crave-brothers-cheese-recall-extends-to-four-states-b9949775z1-214602261.html

I know we all kind of make fun of listeria hysteria, but I read this today and wanted to share... this is why I stay away from all soft cheeses personally.  The second article states that the recalled cheese was pasteurized, so that's no guarantee of safety. 

Re: recalled soft cheese caused miscarriage and death

  • It's very scary - but when I was pregnant with DD, there was a huge outbreak of listeria with cantaloupe and some sort of lettuce, and people don't warn you to stay away from those.  Unfortunately, the truth is listeria can live in almost any food that isn't extremely processed, so there's no way to completely protect yourself. 

    Certainly avoid it if it makes you more comfortable and feel safer, though!

    I'm a freak and I don't like most cheese in general and ESPECIALLY not soft cheese so I'm lucky to not have to worry about that too much. 

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  • So scary. I read about the recall last week but didn't realize that there was illness and a death and a miscarriage because of it. I love me some Brie cheese but I guess I will not be having any. The weird thing it that for some reason I would feel "safer" eating this cheese from a Whole Foods rather than some other shadier establishment. I hope no one else suffers.

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    So scary. I read about the recall last week but didn't realize that there was illness and a death and a miscarriage because of it. I love me some Brie cheese but I guess I will not be having any. The weird thing it that for some reason I would feel "safer" eating this cheese from a Whole Foods rather than some other shadier establishment. I hope no one else suffers.


    Ita!! If I was jonesing for some Brie I would probably be very tempted to think a pasteurized package of cheese from a whole foods was totally safe.
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    It's very scary - but when I was pregnant with DD, there was a huge outbreak of listeria with cantaloupe and some sort of lettuce, and people don't warn you to stay away from those.  Unfortunately, the truth is listeria can live in almost any food that isn't extremely processed, so there's no way to completely protect yourself. 

    Certainly avoid it if it makes you more comfortable and feel safer, though!

    I'm a freak and I don't like most cheese in general and ESPECIALLY not soft cheese so I'm lucky to not have to worry about that too much. 

    This.  And we're not even talking about e.coli, botulism and many other forms of food borne illnesses. The only way to be completely safe is to stop eating, but since that's not feasible, the best way to protect yourself is to use some common sense - not only in what you buy from the store, but how you prepare food at home as well.

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    It's very scary - but when I was pregnant with DD, there was a huge outbreak of listeria with cantaloupe and some sort of lettuce, and people don't warn you to stay away from those.  Unfortunately, the truth is listeria can live in almost any food that isn't extremely processed, so there's no way to completely protect yourself. 

    Certainly avoid it if it makes you more comfortable and feel safer, though!

    I'm a freak and I don't like most cheese in general and ESPECIALLY not soft cheese so I'm lucky to not have to worry about that too much. 

    Oh yeaaaaa, I totally remember the cantaloupe recall.  That was a big one if I remember correctly  

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  • Not that this makes it any better, but you can be exposed to listeria and not develop listeriosis.

    If you're interested, I posted outcomes data from a case review of 222 maternal listeriosis  cases in the "cold cuts" thread.


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    I think cheese is the same as cold cuts. If you are craving brie and are worried heating up (baked brie!) should do the trick!
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  • This is probably flameful given the thread, but I still eat blue cheese (love me some gargonzola).  I make sure it's pasteurized for sure, but this news story hasnt changed my mind whatsoever.  I still there's still a higher chance to get listeria from foods like spinach and cantelope.  
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