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Food-Safety Cheat Sheet

Cheese and dairy products

The issue: Raw and unpasteurized dairy products can cause listeriosis, salmonellosis, and other foodborne illnesses.

What's okay: Pasteurized milk and yogurts; well-cooked (that is, not runny) eggs; hard cheeses.

What to avoid: Raw milk and any dairy product (cheese, yogurt) made with raw milk; soft cheeses such as Brie, feta, Camembert, Danish blue, Roquefort, and Mexican-style queso blanco and queso fresco (unless they're clearly marked as pasteurized); uncooked foods made with raw eggs (such as salad dressings and protein shakes).