Check the cheese, avoid Listeria
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
Description:Soft cheeses sometimes carry Listeria (a rare but deadly germ).
• Listeria infection in pregnant women can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or death of the newborn.
• Pregnant Hispanic women are about 24 times more likely than the general population to get a Listeria infection.
Reduce your risk of infection during pregnancy to protect your baby:
• Only buy soft cheeses with the word “pasteurized” on the label.
• Avoid soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk.
• Be aware that soft cheeses made in unclean places have caused Listeria infections.
Types of Hispanic-style soft cheeses include queso fresco, queso blanco, queso blando, queso cotija, queso panela, queso ranchero, and cuajada en terrón.
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