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Which cheese contains listeria?
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Unpasteurized cheese
Listeria gets killed with pasteurization of cheese.
Theoretically, listeria can also contaminate pasteurized cheese, but this would occur if the cheese is exposed to the bacteria post-pasteurization.

In brief: Unpasteurized cheese
Listeria gets killed with pasteurization of cheese.
Theoretically, listeria can also contaminate pasteurized cheese, but this would occur if the cheese is exposed to the bacteria post-pasteurization.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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In brief: Hopefully none do
But the cheeses at highest risk are soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, and Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, or Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco, queso fresco, unless they have labels that clearly state they are made from pasteurized milk.
It is safe to eat hard cheeses, semi-soft cheeses such as mozzarella, pasteurized processed cheese slices and spreads, cream cheese. Enjoy!

In brief: Hopefully none do
But the cheeses at highest risk are soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, and Camembert, blue-veined cheeses, or Mexican-style cheeses such as queso blanco, queso fresco, unless they have labels that clearly state they are made from pasteurized milk.
It is safe to eat hard cheeses, semi-soft cheeses such as mozzarella, pasteurized processed cheese slices and spreads, cream cheese. Enjoy!
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