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Undercooked egg

(8 Posts)
K8eee Mon 20-Jan-14 11:43:10

Made myself egg & soldiers this morning, and one of the eggs was slightly undercooked than I should've probably eaten. It wasn't by much but a little of the white was snot like (sorry for the bad explanation didn't know how else to put it confused) they're shop bought eggs and had a lion stamp on, baby should be ok shouldn't it? I've never ever known anyone to get salmonella, let alone from an egg.

Onlymydogunderstandsme Mon 20-Jan-14 11:49:33

If the egg is Lion marked it means they come from hens vaccinated against salmonella, therefore you can't get it from those eggs. I ate runny Lion marked eggs in my last pregnancy and will in this one too.

It's personal choice though and up to you.

K8eee Mon 20-Jan-14 11:50:55

I've eaten a lot of soft boiled eggs and soldiers throughout my pregnancy, but I know if the whites are undercooked it's not so good.

LightTripper Mon 20-Jan-14 12:37:51

To begin with I was only eating eggs if I hard boiled for 10 minutes, but now I am eating them scrambled too as long as they look reasonably cooked through and the eggs are UK with all the right markings on.

Here is a newspaper article with some useful links - suggests British eggs should be very low risk for salmonella.

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2010/mar/03/pregnancy-salmonella-eggs

The article suggests that actually it is listeria more than salmonella that is worth worrying about (much more serious if you do get it). Even that is very rare (although you are more susceptible when preggo), so the risks are small (but if you do get it it's bad so... yet another fun bit of weighing up to do):

www.nhs.uk/conditions/Listeriosis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

But I see e.g. butter and smoked salmon are on the risk list there, which I am still eating and aren't on the NHS list of foods to avoid that I have seen, so where do you draw the line?

Honestly I would still probably not eat eggs really runny/undercooked, just to be on the safe side. I think the risks are very small, I just don't like really runny eggs enough to take the risk!

Anyway, FWIW that's where I ended up on the great egg debate! I definitely wouldn't worry about this morning though. Chances of anything going wrong are teeny tiny, even if you decide not to take the risk in future.

LT x

babsie007 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:43:27

I have eaten loads of runny eggs during my pregnancy!! Any that I buy at home are all lion stamped but I have also chanced it at restaurants (they don't usually ask you how you want them cooked and I always forgot
To say anything)... I'm 39+4

PenguinsDontEatKale Mon 20-Jan-14 12:58:48

It will be fine. UK lion marked eggs are salmonella vaccinated.

As for listeriosis, it is a very, very scary illness in pregnancy. It is also, thankfully, incredibly rare. The problem with following any advice designed to limit risk is that listeriosis can be contracted from a very, very wide range of foods. The list is actually far, far wider than the list of examples on that NHS link. One big US outbreak came from melons! So avoiding any given list of foods will only reduce your listeria risk by a tiny little bit. Armed with that knowledge, you can choose to still avoid some foods, or to feel that listeriosis is so rare and so random that nothing much you can do can make a meaningful impact.

I am basically in the latter camp, although I avoid sources of foods I feel uncomfortable with rather than food stuffs. So buffets, takeaways I am not 100% comfortable with, reheated food, bagged salad unless I thoroughly re-wash it, etc.

Mabelandrose Mon 20-Jan-14 13:04:03

I eat them daily!

juju283 Mon 20-Jan-14 13:07:43

I haven't been eating them undercooked just because I heard you shouldn't but i seriously doubt you would have any problem if you have! Don't worry about it I say.

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