I have to say I do from time to time go for a soft boiled egg but was told that if the eggs are marked with the red lion, they are safe (or safer). Also I think that our mothers use to do it and we are normal (or maybe not...)
I still eat dippy eggs during pregnancy..in fact when I was preg with dd1 (19 years ago)..I lived on dippy eggs and also used to pop into marks and sparks on my way to college, buy a prawn curry, keep it in my bag all day and eat it(heated up obviously) when I got home..naturally I wouldnt recommend that! but DD1 was fine
hello I am bumping this thread because several pg friends keep telling me that a doctor was on BBC Breakfast news recently saying it was safe to eat soft-boiled eggs so long as they carry the lion mark. But i can find no record of this doc or this news item. The only thing I can find online is that that all lion eggs have been vaccinated against salmonella, which is quite reassuring. I am feeling quite risk-averse because I had a food poisoning scare last week, but equally I do not believe in avoiding things 'just in case'. I prefer to take the attitude: what are the risks? How great are the risks? Are they greater than getting run over by a milk float or hit by frozen aeroplane wee? My NHS purple book says simply: do not eat raw or partially cooked eggs. Even with alcohol the book says 'don't drink but if you do choose to drink don't drink more than this...' but there seems to be no leeway on eggs. I tend to think the NHS advice is fairly measured and sane so I'm happy to follow it but why is a doctor appearing on the BBC saying it's okay? Anyone seen this mythical doctor?
thanks yummymango for this link, that is very handy. I notice that they won't say explicitly that you can eat runny eggs, it's more implied: 'At the time of the salmonella and eggs scare in 1988, the Department of Health recommended that recipes for uncooked dishes involved the use of raw eggs should be avoided, and that lightly cooked eggs should not be served to vulnerable groups ie infants, pregnant women, elderly and debilitated people.
This advice, however, pre-dates the introduction of the British Lion food safety scheme in 1998. Since then salmonella has been virtually eliminated from British Lion eggs.'
I'm reading this as: 'The government haven't changed their advice but we (the egg people) think that they should'
there was also a figure to say that the FSA tested 28,000 eggs and found no salmonella. But nobody will say it's okay. A**e-covering?
Does anyone else feel like you have to be like Inspector Bleeding Morse to make any kind of informed decision in pregnancy?
My eminently sensible midwife always said that she would fear nothing from a lion-marked egg and tbh I wasn't about to spend 9 months in a bubble. Not when bagged salad is riddled with food poisoning risk and nobody's umming and aahing about it in droves.
I love a sensible health professional! My GP was very relaxed about everything about cheese and pate and thought 1-2 units of alcohol as previously advised was fine (in fact I think he said there was no evidence a unit a day was harmful). But I saw my midwife for the first time yesterday and she said I wouldn't risk drinking at all. And then she said, which is the first time I've heard anyone admit this, because we don't know the effects I was glad that she added this as nobody's ever explained the reason why they changed the health advice on drinking. If they just said 'look we don't know, we don't have all the answers' I would sort of respect that.
All hens in the UK are vaccinated against salmonella. Provided the eggs carry the lion stamp they should be fine. I have loved runny (yolky) poached eggs for all my pgs, but did check this out. each to their own i suppose. Some abstain from any alcohol but eat runny eggs!!! some the other way round.
I would be more worried about eating unwashed salad.....!!
I would love an egg....but the three or four times I have had one, I've been very sick a couple hours later. So I've just started avoiding them now. Can't wait til after aug so I can have them again. But yes as other ladies have said, I've only picked lions marked ones.