Mexico’s queso fresco can cause serious disease

Crumbly, soft queso fresco — a type of homemade, fresh white cheese — is a signature favorite in Mexico that is now available in many U.S. supermarkets.

However, consuming queso fresco imported from Mexico could make you gravely ill, officials warn. And outbreaks of severe illness are continuing to occur on both sides of the border.

"It’s a problem that’s been going on for decades," said Dr. Stephen Waterman, a California-based medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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