Cheese Made with Raw Milk

Milk and dairy products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits. However, from time to time, there are reports that cheese made from raw milk was contaminated with harmful bacteria and implicated in outbreaks of foodborne diseases.

Raw milk is milk from animals such as cows, sheep, or goats that has not been heat treated to kill harmful bacteria. Raw milk can be contaminated by bacteria in a number of ways, such as from infected animals and the dairy farm environment. Raw, unpasteurised milk can contain pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella, which are responsible for causing a number of foodborne illnesses. These bacteria are especially dangerous to children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems.

Members of the public, the susceptible populations in particular, should take note of the following advice when buying cheese:

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