Soft cheese

Soft cheese

Pasteurization, the process that heats cheese to a temperature that will kill illness-causing bacteria, makes cheese safer, but many cheeses are not pasteurized. Pregnant women and children might want to avoid soft cheeses like feta, Brie, Camembert, and queso fresco because the CDC says they are 20 times more likely than others to be infected by listeria. Hard cheeses such as cheddar and asiago are typically pasteurized and safe for consumption by pregnant women. Still, the CDC reports that most illness caused by dairy is because of raw milk.

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