Do not eat refrigerated smoked seafood unless it is in a cooked dish, such as a casserole. Examples of refrigerated smoked seafood include salmon, trout, whitefish, cod, tuna, and mackerel which are most often labeled as "nova-style," "lox," "kippered," "smoked," or "jerky." This fish is found in the refrigerated section or sold at deli counters of grocery stores.
Canned fish and shelf-stable smoked seafood is safe to eat.
Clean your refrigerator regularly.
Use perishable, ready-to-eat, and precooked items as soon as possible.
Listeriosis may cause flulike symptoms with fever, chills, muscle aches, diarrhea, and upset stomach. It can take a few days or even weeks to appear. Consult your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms or believe you have eaten a contaminated product.
Want to know exactly which foods are off limits during pregnancy? Here's a list to print out and carry with you.
"Be adventurous in sampling the wide variety of fish available, including bass, catfish, clams, cod, crab, croaker, flounder, freshwater perch, haddock, herring, lobster, mackerel, marlin, ocean perch, orange roughy, oysters, halibut, pollack, red snapper, salmon, scallops, shrimp, and sole." -- TANYA_BABYFIT
"How about crab? I saw a mention of shellfish and lobster... However I didn't see crab. Would it be safe to eat steamed crab?" -- GIBSMOE
"It's okay to eat other cooked fish/seafood as long as a variety of other kinds are selected during pregnancy or while a woman is trying to become pregnant. You can choose shellfish, canned fish, smaller ocean fish, or farm-raised fish. You can safely eat 12 ounces per week of a variety of cooked fish. A typical serving size of fish is from 3 to 6 ounces. Of course, if your serving sizes are smaller, you can eat fish more frequently. You can learn more at -- TANYA_BABYFIT
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
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