Mar 24, 2005
Akila Hardy
The FDA issues a health warning about soft cheeses made from raw milk. Recently, cases of tuberculosis in New York City have been linked to consumption of Queso Fresco style cheeses, either imported from Mexico or eaten in Mexico. The FDA warns they can cause serious diseases including Listeria, Brucella and Salmonella poisoning and Tuberculosis. The contaminated milk and cheese can affect high risk groups such as pregnant women, newborns, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Queso Fresco style cheese is soft and white and has been found to be popular in Mexican food. Mike Herndon with the FDA says the tainted cheese is sold out of trunks and at flea markets and is not sold in stores.