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A 23-year-old female asked:

i ate a few slices of cheddar cheese before noticing it had white spots on it (not fuzzy). i am 32 weeks pregnant should i be worried about listeria?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
No: A little mold on your pasteurized cheddar cheese will not cause listeria. Listeria comes from cheese that is UNpasteurized, and typically all of the cheese that you find in your grocery store is going to be pasteurized. Farmers markets and small health food stores tend to sell more unpasteurized cheeses. Having said that, cheese always has label that says it's pasteurized so you can check!

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Last updated Apr 13, 2017

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