My DH has just served a fish pie with mussels in it... I enquired as to how he’d defrosted the mussels as I’m 38 weeks pregnant and aware of how tricky they can be. He says he defrosted them in boiling water... my midwife said not to do this. Aibu not to eat it? He says I’m being ridiculous. (I’ve been quite relaxed about other foods but don’t want to risk it!) If I’m worried he says I should eat the rest and pick them out, but couldn’t they have contaminated it? Willing to be told I’m being rediculous because it looks bloody lovely.
Um, surely from a food hygiene POV it's better that they went from frozen to in boiling water? Are you quite sure you understood what she meant? (I'm not saying you're wrong about her advice, but it's contrary to bacteria breeding advice wrt allowing warm moist food to sit for long because it's an ideal breeding environment for germ division... hence I think you should check - you either misheard or she's utterly wrong.)
Surely there would only be a risk of food poisoning if the defrosted mussels were left to slowly cool down over several hours afterwards? If they were put straight in the pie and straight in the oven, they will be fine.
I also know someone who was told not to defrost seafood in boiling water on a food safety course. However, it's been the standard method in our family for decades and not done anyone any harm.