Is it ok to eat a roast beef sandwich from a restaurant when you are pregnant?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well, there are two concerns. One is listeria, which is why they tell you to avoid “cold cuts” – but I still eat cold cuts because the risk is really really low, as long as you’re eating them from a reputable place. (They clean their machines frequently, don’t cross contaminate, store things at the right temp.)

With rare beef, you also have to worry about toxoplasmosis. Beef should be at least medium for pregnant ladies. Some roast beef is too far on the rare side for my comfort during pregnancy. (Which sucks because rare beef is the best.)

But long story short, it’s probably fine and if you heat it until steaming, it’s definitely fine. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MRS-K: 

Nuke it. When in doubt, nuke it. Lol.

I am always so paranoid about food and the dangerous bacterias it may contain! As for the sandwich, I would examine it to make sure it’s thoroughly cooked and then nuke it for 1.5 minutes or until steaming hot. 

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Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MRS-K:  i think its ok as long as its nuked. There is a restaurant that i eat from that has an awesome french dip (which is made with roast beef) but its fresh roast beef not the deli kind (cold cuts). If its cold cut type then just nuke it. I had the french dip a few weeks ago ans im fine and so is baby!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

MRS-K:  honestly all refrigerated foods carry a risk of listeria. I do microbiological testing for many companies and have seen many foods you would not think come back positive. Now I don’t say that to scare you. I say that because since many many places do this testing, when it is positive they do not sell it. Also food must reach 165F for 2 minutes to kill listeria. A microwave will not do this. If microwaving makes you feel better by all means do it, but as long as the food was stored properly the risk of you getting sick is extremely low. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

MRS-K:  I would not count on microwave to kill bacteria. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

KelliQ513:  Wow, I didn’t know it had to be 165 for two minutes to kill listeria! So many of the pregnancy books just say to microwave it til steaming. Good to know! 

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