Frequent question: Is Mexican cheese safe during pregnancy?

While pregnant, you should not eat soft cheeses, such as queso fresco, unless they are made with pasteurized milk, to lower the risk of getting infection from Listeria or other foodborne germs.

Can I eat Mexican cheese while pregnant?

It is imperative to inform these at-risk pregnant women that they should NOT eat soft Mexican-style cheeses made from unpasteurized milk. These cheeses include Queso Fresco, Panela, Asadero, and Queso Blanco.

Is Mexican cheese pasteurized?

Most restaurant chains use pasteurized cheeses, whether it’s queso fresco, queso de Oaxaca (the cheese that looks a bit like a ball of mozzarella), or panela (the slightly harder cheese that is often fried). This means that most Mexican restaurant queso is safe for pregnant women to eat, incuding queso dips.

Is Mexican cheese safe?

The CDC has found that Hispanic women are 24 times more likely than the general population to get a listeria infection. For that reason, they recommend avoiding Mexican-style cheeses like queso fresco, queso blanco, queso blando, queso cotija, queso panela, queso ranchero, and cuajada en terrón.

What happens if you accidentally eat unpasteurized cheese while pregnant?

Unpasteurized soft cheeses may contain dangerous bacteria including the one that can cause fatal tuberculosis, and another one called Listeria, which can cross over into the placenta and lead to infections or blood poisoning in the baby, or even miscarriage.

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What cheeses to avoid pregnant?

Don’t eat mould-ripened soft cheese, such as brie, camembert and chevre (a type of goat’s cheese) and others with a similar rind. You should also avoid soft blue-veined cheeses such as Danish blue or gorgonzola. These are made with mould and they can contain listeria, a type of bacteria that can harm your unborn baby.

Can I eat queso blanco while pregnant?

Some Cheeses Could Harm Your Unborn Baby! Don’t eat Queso Fresco, Panela, Asadero, or Queso Blanco unless you’re sure it is pasteurized. Cheeses made from raw or “unpasteurized” milk can contain bacteria that might make your baby sick — even before he or she is born.

How common is Listeria in pregnancy?

Pregnant women are about 10 times more likely to get listeriosis than other healthy adults. An estimated 1/6 of all Listeria cases occur in pregnant women.

Can I have Velveeta cheese while pregnant?

Pregnant women must however ensure that the cheese is heated and is completely hot (or burning), and not only melted.

TO AVOID SAFE TO EAT
Hard cheeses Made with raw / unpasteurized milk Made with pasteurized milk (eg. Cheddar, gouda, Swiss, parmesan, curds, etc.) Melted (eg. Kraft Singles, Velveeta)