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Clotted cream and sushi

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Markandkark Fri 17-Jun-11 11:29:53

Unsure about whether I can eat either of these. For both examples I am referring to ones you can buy from the supermarket. Does anyone know?

motherinferior Fri 17-Jun-11 11:31:07

No problem with clotted cream - why should there be? I would be careful with sushi.

charitygirl Fri 17-Jun-11 11:36:17

Clotted cream - would love to hear what the problem could be here. grin

All sushi in this country is flash frozen to kill the parasites - even if a restaurant might deny it cos it doesn't sound fresh! The FSA no longer 'bans' sushi during pregnancy. Their site will tell you all you need to know about foods to avoid. It is really a short list.

Markandkark Fri 17-Jun-11 11:40:32

Thanks to both of you, I don't know why I thought clotted cream might be iffy, and would dearly love to get some with scones and jam and have my own little cream tea. It must be a craving!

kri5ty Fri 17-Jun-11 11:44:05

clotted cream nope its fine, as the process used to make it requires very high heat, more than pasturising... i know this as i craved it and did a lot of research haha x

Pootles2010 Fri 17-Jun-11 11:47:20

Sushi from a supermarket would be fine, it's not very nice but they don't use sashimi, just cooked tuna etc.

Wombat33 Fri 17-Jun-11 12:08:43

I've looked into both of these and found it really difficult to get a conclusive answer.

Sushi - some sites say avoid and that seems to be the conservative approach but from a repuatable source in this country it seems it should have been frozen first to kill parasites and as long as it's been prepared and stored hygenically should be okay on that front (though I never did get my head around whether not being cooked might make it more of a food poisoning risk than cooked fish - as far as I can tell the freezing only kills parasites and not all bacteria).

Clotted cream - apparently this is made with unpastuerised milk as the clotting process doesn't work if it's pasteurised beforehand. In the manufacturing process the milk is heated but - at least in the sourses I've read - not as hot as it would be to pasteurise it. I haven't however been able to find out exactly how hot it's heated, and there seems to be different ways of making it so the heat might be different for different manufacturers. All in all - not very conclusive! I've chosen to avoid it because 9 months isn't long to go without, but I think that's a cautious approach and I suspect the risk is actually very small.

Pudding2be Fri 17-Jun-11 14:08:40

When I read the title I thought you might be having a weird craving grin

TransatlanticCityGirl Fri 17-Jun-11 17:05:24

From NHS Choices, and I also saw this on the UK Food Standards Agency website some time ago when I first became pregnant:

Sushi

It's fine to eat sushi and other dishes made with raw fish when you're pregnant as long as the fish used to make it has been frozen first. This is because occasionally fish contains small parasitic worms that could make you ill. Freezing kills the worms and makes raw fish safe to eat.
Sushi sold in shops or restaurants, whether it's ready-made or made in the shop, should be fine to eat. This is because the raw fish the shop uses to make sushi must have been frozen at minus 20C for at least 24 hours.
If you make your own sushi at home, freeze the fish for at least 24 hours before using it.
Some raw fish used to make sushi, such as smoked salmon, doesn't need to be frozen before it's used. This is because smoking kills any worms in the fish.

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I'm not sure about clotted cream... never really have it so never researched it. But most things sold in the supermarket are pasteurised (in fact I believe it is now law that everything must be) therefore I would eat clotted cream especially if it was labelled as pasteurised. I wouldn't necessarily if I bought it from a farmer's market.

Markandkark Fri 17-Jun-11 17:58:29

Thank you so much for your advice, I have really appreciated it.

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