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Can I eat Mr Whippy ice cream

(28 Posts)
Clarabell78 Wed 06-Mar-13 19:43:44

... Could murder a 99 from the ice cream can but was sure I read somewhere soft ice cream is off limits for pregnant ladies - anybody know?

MightBeMad Wed 06-Mar-13 20:01:24

I think it is I'm afraid sad something to do with slightly higher risk of food poisoning then other ice cream. Sorry!

orangeshortbread Wed 06-Mar-13 20:02:24

My midwife told me not to eat it - I think it contains unpasteurised milk

eltsihT Wed 06-Mar-13 20:03:11

I think it's a listeria risk as the milk is not stored in the machines at a low enough temperature. I craved McDonald type milk shakes last pregnancy and couldn't have them for the same reason.

bouncingorange Wed 06-Mar-13 20:06:25

I was told not to. Same with McFlurries although I did have a couple right towards the end of my pregnancy.

Clarabell78 Wed 06-Mar-13 20:08:46

Booo :-( oh well might settle for a magnum

PseudoBadger Wed 06-Mar-13 20:09:30

It's not advised against officially in the UK afaik. And it doesn't contain unpasteurised milk!

PandaWatch Wed 06-Mar-13 20:14:14

The main issue with mr whippy from a van is the dubious hygiene. Places like mcdonalds have a far stricter and much more easily enforced hygiene policy. And yes - it's pasteurised. So you run about as much a risk with a mcdonalds milkshake or mcflurry as you do with anything you eat in a restaurant.

Really want a strawberry milkshake now!!

Bunbaker Wed 06-Mar-13 20:15:46

I think it is because Mr Yuck Whippy style ice cream dispensers aren't always kept as clean as they should be.

Carolra Wed 06-Mar-13 20:18:52

It's fine. See NHS recommendations... Soft ice cream is at the bottom of the link. Says you can avoid it if you want to but it shouldn't be a problem. Generally how I understand it, is that as long as the mix isn't sat in the machine for ages there is no risk... So buy one from somewhere like McDs where the machine is used and cleaned regularly.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/foods-to-avoid-pregnant.aspx

MrsSpencerReid Wed 06-Mar-13 20:22:21

I ate LOADS whilst preg with ds shockblush thanks for NHL link, I was getting worried!

pinkpudding Wed 06-Mar-13 20:26:03

i work in a unit for immunocompromised patients. mr whippy is absolutely off limits due to dubious hygiene and open nozzle and refrigeration running off car battery. I was told if van on a slope it can make temperature of storage variable. Therefore possibility allowing listeria to grow.
Reputable cafe's and restaurants check their refrigeration units temperature daily and it differs little as they run off mains current. Buy from them.

ButteryJam Wed 06-Mar-13 21:08:07

I've had McDonalds ice cream as every other whippey was off limit.

Bunbaker Wed 06-Mar-13 21:52:10

What's wrong with proper ice cream? Mr Whippy isn't exactly nice.

sundaesundae Wed 06-Mar-13 21:55:35

LOL Bunbaker, personal choice, I love Mr Whippy! Haven't had one because it has been winter, but have had McD's shakes and flurries, noms.

doughnut44 Wed 06-Mar-13 22:01:31

I developed food poisoning during pregnancy after eating a whipped ice cream. It was called something like camphylobacter? I read up on it and I think it could have been the cone rather than the ice cream - something to do with rats urine? It's 13 years ago now so memory is slightly flawed. I am sure someone will put me right

LadySnapcase Thu 07-Mar-13 10:58:51

I've also been craving this, have chanced a couple of McFlurries and they were like nectar..! My instinct says McDonalds will be cleaner than the dodgy van man but having said that, who really knows... confused

FoofFighter Thu 07-Mar-13 13:58:49

McDonalds machines are stripped and flushed through/cleaned every night so I'd say it's pretty ok.

ButteryJam Thu 07-Mar-13 14:05:38

FoofFighter, thanks! smile Now I can have them without feeling any guilt ... grin

Crmmum Thu 07-Mar-13 17:59:55

I ate / eat them during pregnancy... Never did me any harm! McDonald's ones are totally fine, strict hygiene rules, would maybe give the van a miss just in case?

Hollie2128 Thu 16-Apr-15 22:15:23

Why do people think ice cream machines are unhygienic???

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Thu 16-Apr-15 22:25:00

I craved McDonald's chocolate milkshakes all through my pregnancy, my extremely down to earth and sensible midwife said it was fine but that I should avoid ice cream vans because of the risk of listeria.

DP worked for McDonald's years ago and my cousin worked for them whilst at school and both said the machines are stripped and cleaned at least once a day and the temperature checked regularly throughout the day so the risk of food poisoning is tiny.

scarednoob Fri 17-Apr-15 08:34:09

I was desperate for a snog frozen yoghurt and so checked this out. It's not the product or the machinery, it's the risk that the people operating it aren't being rigorous with the cleaning. If not, all sorts of nasties can lurk in the pipework. So it depends on how well you know them/trust them to keep it clean.

I do trust snog but I still sighed and went for a bottle of water instead!!

newbian Fri 17-Apr-15 08:40:04

I ate quite a bit of soft serve ice cream on Easter vacation and only heard since coming back that it's a risk. It's not on the list of foods I was told to avoid. It didn't make me sick either. But it was from a chain (Dairy Queen) and not a random truck.

Cornberry Fri 17-Apr-15 09:39:55

I've had A couple of McDonald's sundaes - didn't even know it was a risk?!

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