While unpasteurized soft cheeses (brie, for instance) are known foods to avoid while pregnant, the FDA recently launched a campaign targeted specifically toward Latinas to remind us that Latin-style cheeses, like queso fresco, fall into this category — and eating them while pregnant could potentially lead to a serious, life-threatening bacterial infection for both mom and baby.
In fact, according to the Center For Disease Control's eye-opening fact sheet: "Hispanic women are about 24 times more likely than the general population to get listeria [a harmful bacteria contained in milk]."
It just isn't worth the risk, and if you need more convincing, the FDA kindly put together this fotonovela that outlines what could become a truly harsh reality. Not sure what other Latin cheeses to avoid? Read on for the full list.
Latin-Style Cheeses to Avoid While Pregnant
- Queso fresco
- Queso blanco
- Queso blando
- Queso cotija
- Queso panela
- Queso ranchero
- Cuajada en terrón
If you're pregnant and have consumed unpasteurized cheese, the FDA recommends that you call your doctor immediately.