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Can I eat a poached egg?

(22 Posts)
yummymumtobe Fri 19-Apr-13 20:34:19

I am 20 weeks pregnant. I have avoided runny eggs but as the egg fear is due to salmonella, would I be ok with a soft poached egg if it is a nice free range one? Too much egg poaching going on in Masterchef this week and am massively craving!

ArabellaBeaumaris Fri 19-Apr-13 20:38:24

I never really understood the avoidance of eggs due to salmonella. If they are lion stamped they are free from salmonella, aren't they? So I ate runny eggs throughout both my pregnancies without any ill effects smile

Jenjen85 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:00:04

I was craving poached eggs the other week an had 2 which DH cooked for me an they were AMAZING grin like arabella says as long as the eggs have lion stamps on them then they will be fine as they come from hens that have been vaccinated against salmonella!! Enjoy

bigkidsdidit Fri 19-Apr-13 21:04:43

yes, of course. Assuming you're in Britain, in which case the eggs will be salmonella free.

yummymumtobe Fri 19-Apr-13 21:12:49

Oooh good, I know what I'm having for brekkie tomorrow!

Forgetfulmog Fri 19-Apr-13 21:18:55

Eggs should be cooked all the way through - www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/healthy-pregnancy-diet.aspx

I avoided soft cooked eggs & had some amazing scrambled eggs when I came out of hospital to make up for it. 9 months really isn't that long to wait before you can eat certain foods.

I ate soft eggs all the way through. We vaccinate against salmonella in Britain so as long as they're British eggs I wouldn't personally worry.

midori1999 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:22:26

Official NHS advice is to avoid eggs that aren't cooked through, but it's also true that UK hens are vaccinated against salmonella and these eggs a lion stamped, so you won't get salmonella from them.

9 months isn't long to avoid something, but what's the point in avoiding it if its risk free?

SomethingOnce Fri 19-Apr-13 21:23:55

As we've been reminded recently, the supply chain isn't always as it should be.

You'll probably get away with eating soft eggs, but ultimately the question to ask is how would you feel if you didn't?

midori1999 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:42:22

Quite I'll probably Somethingonce.... Salmonella can make a pregnant mother ill, but is unlikely to harm the baby, unlike listeria etc. plus, you're actually more likely to get salmonella from an egg shell than eating the egg itself.

midori1999 Fri 19-Apr-13 21:42:49

Ill, not I'll....

StiffyByng Fri 19-Apr-13 21:45:01

Having GD, my breakfast options have been very limited. I have eaten many, many scrambled, poached and fried eggs. Sick of the sight of them!

wispa31 Fri 19-Apr-13 22:43:22

i only eat runny eggs, and my brekky most days is either boiled or fried egg on toast. but has to be runny yolk, otherwise forget it. whats the point? always lion stamped so i shall keep eating runny eggs. though you have put me in mood for some poached eggs now. hmmm... have i got any left?.. (scuttles off to kitchen to look)

26 weeks here and have eaten runny fried eggs every Sunday throughout both this pg and my first.

As long as they are lion stamped, they are fine.

SeriousStuff Sat 20-Apr-13 01:42:41

I abstained for the first few weeks, but my DH makes such amazing poached eggs, I asked him to make me really well done ones. Not the same. So next time, I had my usual runny ones and they were amazing!

My rule is as long as they're well within the best before date and have a lion stamp on them, then they're ok.

Enjoy your breakfast - we don't have any eggs in the house at the moment so I'm very jealous!

lilystem Sat 20-Apr-13 01:58:28

Scrambled eggs are cooked eggs!!!!

Uk flocks are vaccinated against salmonella, regularly tested for it and have to adhere to very strict regulations. If the are lion stamped you can be sure of the above.

I'm an egg farmer.

Forgetfulmog Sat 20-Apr-13 08:32:26

If its risk free Midori then why does the nhs say to avoid it? Personally I followed the nhs guidelines, but hey each to their own

Forget Probably for the same reason that they say to avoid alcohol completely. Because they don't trust women to be able to follow simple instructions and only buy lion stamped eggs.

lilystem Sat 20-Apr-13 08:58:01

There us still a risk to uk flocks getting salmonella but it is incredibly unlikely. Even if one flock did get it the chances of those eggs actually getting to supermarket shelves Are tiny due to the testing that goes on and due to the traceability of the lion code can be removed within minutes if discovery.

I'd say the chances of getting salmonella from a lion stamped egg are less than getting run over by a bus.

dottypyjamas Sat 20-Apr-13 09:11:05

Mmm dippy eggs for breakfast this morning I think!

Christelle2207 Sat 20-Apr-13 18:05:33

I think the chances of salmonella in the UK from lion stamped eggs are tiny. Also think it's extremely unlikely for any restaurant to use anything other than lion stamped eggs but you can always ask them.
It was twenty years ago but I did have salmonella once and it was extremely unpleasant. Yet, I've been eating my eggs just how I like them all the way through.
Even if you did get salmonella (which you wont), I understand risk to baby is still small.

louloutheshamed Sat 20-Apr-13 18:13:16

I have had loads of scrambled eggs, they are cooked through?!

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