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jolinda (@jolinda)

Your best tips for raw food safety post transplant.

Transplants | Last Active: Dec 8, 2021 | Replies (92)

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@jolinda

@genocurt Congrats on the successful transplant. Great news!
Can you clarify the statement by the infectious disease doc please… can we eat berries because I thought they were off limits like @rosemarya suggested. Or are you saying they are not safe even if washed in vinegar?

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@jolinda @genocurt I don’t think I was ever told to not eat raw strawberries but now I’m going to check! I’ve been eating that salad – greens, chicken, and strawberries— for lunch just about every day for over a year. I used to put crumbled goat cheese in too but now I’m lactose intolerant. I will be very upset if I have to give up my delicious lunch. It’s the best.
JK

I have submitted a question to MGH on their portal about berries, and I checked this site:
https://www.fda.gov/media/83755/download
It simply says to make sure fruits are well washed, which now that I think about it is what I believe I was told after my transplant, along with not eating any fruits that show any indication of being spoiled.
I will post when I get a response from my transplant team. This being a food question may have to go to the dietician.
JK

Hi Jolinda, during our last meeting with the ID specialist, we were told we could eat any berries SO LONG as we clean them well by a 1-2 minute cold water wash. We specifically asked about using vinegar and she said it was not necessary. I hope this helps.
On another note, we were told by a transplant patient that she makes everyone take their shoes off when they enter her house. Has anyone heard this advice from a transplant team staff? As we said in a previous post, we want to follow evidence-based practices and not hearsay.
Thanks.

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