While pregnant, be careful with queso fresco
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Foodborne Diseases/prevention & Control
Listeriosis/prevention & Control
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/epidemiology
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/prevention & Control
Series:Food safety first
Description:Listeria is one of the main causes of death from food poisoning in the United States. Almost all of the people who get really sick or die from Listeria infections are newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
Many outbreaks of Listeria in the United States were linked to soft cheeses, like queso fresco, made from unpasteurized milk. Pasteurization kills the germs in milk. But if cheese is made in an unclean place, it can still get contaminated with Listeria.
Listeria infection in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of the newborn. Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely than the general public to get Listeria infection. But if you are pregnant and Hispanic, your risk is even greater!
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