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March 16, 2005

Hold the Queso: 'Queso Fresco' Cheeses May Pose Health Risk

Topics: Health Issues

Some soft cheeses commonly used in Mexican and Latin cooking may present a health risk, according to a new FDA warning.

The agency has issued a health advisory on certain soft cheeses made from raw, unpasteurized milk after cases of tuberculosis in New York City were recently linked to people eating "queso fresco" style cheeses imported from Mexico.

The FDA says eating any type of soft cheese made from raw milk can pose a health risk (raw milk can pose a health risk) to elderly people, pregnant women, newborns, and others with weakened immune systems. Such raw milk soft cheeses can cause several serious infectious diseases, including listeriosis, brucellosis, salmonellosis, and tuberculosis.

Officials say the raw milk soft cheeses of biggest concern are those made in Mexico and Central American countries.

Posted by Hyscience at March 16, 2005 8:42 AM

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