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Can I Eat Queso Fresco While Pregnant?

Why the FDA Is Reminding Pregnant Latinas That Eating Soft Cheese Is Super Risky

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.

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