A former Love Island star has thanked her fans for their concern after they spotted her with a soft serve ice cream in one of her Instagram photos.
Camilla Thurlow, who found love on the UK version of the hit show with Jamie Hewitt, announced her pregnancy back in May with a cute video uploaded to her account.
Since then, she’s been posting images of her bump journey, but yesterday’s snap started a bit of a debate online.
"Happy tum, happy mum," she caption the photo, which showed her holding a soft serve ice cream.
Fans quickly rushed to the comments section, with one person writing: “Not to be a Debbie downer but you’re not meant to have soft-serve ice cream during pregnancy”.
“It’s not because of the ice cream you aren’t supposed to eat them, it’s because of the machine it can carry bacteria called listeria which is bad for baby,” another person said.
However, others disagreed, saying: “Soft scoop ice cream is absolutely fine, the issue is more about the hygiene of the vans they come from.
Camilla later took to the comments to thank her followers for alerting her to the issue and changed her caption, writing: "**Edit** Thank you to all the people who have passed on advice about avoiding soft serve ice cream from ice cream vans. This wasn't something I was aware of before and I really appreciate you getting in touch to pass on your concerns and guidance. I have taken it on board and will be avoiding from now on.”
Raphael May, a public affairs officer at Food Authority New South Wales previously told SBS that soft serve is a tricky one when it comes to pregnancy.
“Because soft serve is typically stored at refrigeration temperature - around 0 to 5 degrees Celcius - and because ice cream is high in moisture, listeria can grow quite quickly in it,” he said.
“Thorough cleaning (of the machine) - with an effective sanitiser - and regular maintenance usually prevent listeria from developing.”
According to Tina Perridge, midwife at Private Midwives in the UK: “The NHS is quite clear that as these products are made from processed pasteurised milking eggs, they are safe to eat when pregnant,” she previously explained to Yahoo Style in the UK.
“The only concern would be the cleanliness of the machine producing the treat. Many suppliers pasteurise/clean their machines every night to a high temperature to destroy bacteria, but a small supplier/ice cream van may not. It is therefore probably best to stick to well-known companies and outlets.”