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Is feta cheese pasteurized?

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Feta cheese, depending on where it is purchased, may or may not be pasteurized. Most feta cheese made in North America, as well as most Greek feta cheese, is pasteurized. However, some varieties remain unpasteurized. Most feta cheese products indicate pasteurization on the product label.

Many other types of soft cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert, are not customarily pasteurized. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States recommends that pregnant women do not eat soft cheeses, including feta, during pregnancy unless the product is specifically labeled as pasteurized. This lessens the danger of ingesting Listeria bacteria.


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