Ok MN, talk me down. Someone at work brought in a box of dates from Israel. I took a bite of one and there was brown stuff inside it that looked like soil. I spat it out and rinsed my mouth out several times. I'm 12 weeks pregnant and now super worried I'm going to get lysteria or some sort of fungal infectoi nthat will harm the baby. This is my second pregnancy and I thought I would be more relaxed this time round... turns out I'm not.
I think it is probably just the date. I had some manky ones recently and one was as you describe, the skin was tough and the inside - what there was of it - was powdery. I similarly spat it out, I am fine and I am sure you will be too.
Dates are generally harvested in nets or bags suspended in the palm, so I'm not sure how you'd get soil inside one as they don't hit the floor. It could've been a manky one. They taste pretty dirty if they've turned.
Yeah it wasn't a stuffed date, I had eaten a couple earlier and they were fine (actually they were pretty amazing). I think it was just manky but the consistency was much more like soil than mould. Thank you for the reassurance!