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Hi, I ate lunch meat that has been in the fridge for about three weeks is that safe to eat.
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Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
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Hi there and thank you for the question. I am a Registered Nurse and will be happy to help you today.

It is hard to say whether or not it is safe to eat or not....lots of variables. If you purchased your lunch meat from a deli, it is most likely not safe to eat because these cuts are from pieces of meat that are not as highly cured as the lunch meats that are in the packages that you buy. Also, certain types of meat are more apt to spoil that others...chicken will spoil faster than ham because of the sodium content. Also, there are variables like how cold your refrigerator is and how often the door is open.

The thing to remember is, if the cut of meat was bad, you might get sick from it and you might not. Things to expect would be stomach pain, diarrhea, and possible vomiting.

But to answer your question directly...in the future, I would say no, it is not safe to eat. You would be taking a huge chance by eating it.

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
It is turkey meat that was in a sealed package. I am concerned about food posioning
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
what was the expiration date on it?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I don't know i couldnt find it. It was oscar mayer lunch meat.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
Did it smell okay and taste okay?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I think so.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
Ok, well, just because it has been in your refrigerator for 3 weeks in a sealed package, doesn't mean it was out of date. It could easily have a shelf date of 2-3 months...depending on the curing method. So, if that's the case, it should be fine.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Yeah. I don't know though. I am kinda worried.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
you will be until a little time passes and you see that you are ok. We have all done things like this and usually before long, you will have forgotten about it and when you do remember it again, you will think to yourself "hey, I never got sick from that turkey I had that day"...hopefully you will not get sick but honestly there is no way to know. Let's keep our fingers crossed and remember to not be tempted to do that again.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I did eat it at 11:00 today. So some time has passed.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
well, it could take anywhere from 1 day to a week to get sick...so hang in there.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Okay. Maybe I should go get tested.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
I'm not sure anyone could test you at this point for food poisoning when nothing is wrong. There is no test that would be diagnostic if you are not symptomatic.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I did have some diaherrea earlier
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
It is unlikely the diarrhea is from the meat you ate today. If you feel that it is, refrain from taking things like Immodium as to allow your body the chance to get rid of what is causing the diarrhea.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Okay I should be good I was thinking back when I bought the sealed lunch meat and it was 2 weeks max. So i am assuming its fine.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
I would think you are okay too. In your case, and from how you have described it, it was most likely fine.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Thanks. I know this is unrealted but I have asthma all my life and pollen season triggers it. Every night i have been getting wheezing so I take my albuterol and it works. I bought a pulse oximeter and I have a peak flow. My pulse ox has gotten down to 92 Spo2. When is a good level to get treatment at the hospital. like mid 80's spo2. I usually blow a 500 peak flow. But it has never gone down to 250 which is the red zone.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
Your blood oxygenation normal levels are 96% to 100%. If yours is 92%, this represents the constrictive nature of your airways...if it falls to 92% often or if it falls below 92%, I would seek treatment.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
Okay. So below 90% usually go to the hospital for treatment.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
that is correct. Also, if your asthma continues to bother you to the point that you are needing Albuterol or 'rescue inhalers' quite often, you may need to be on an inhaler that is used everyday to help control your symptoms instead of having to reach for the rescue drugs.
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
One more thing what is the dangerous range for spo2. What range would I need hospital treatment.
Health Professional: Nurse Milli, RN, Nurse (RN) replied 6 years ago
Any O2 saturation that is below the normal range and/or that makes you symptomatic (disoriented, dizzy, irritable, etc)
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