Is blue cheese pasteurized?


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Blue cheese can be both pasteurized and unpasteurized. Each cheese is required to be labeled so that the buyer is aware of its state of pasteurization. This is important because people with weaker immune systems, such as cancer patients and pregnant women, cannot eat food that has not been pasteurized because they can become sick from eating the food.

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Blue cheese that hasn't been pasteurized is a common carrier of Listeria. It is injected with a type of mold that causes the veins of color in the soft cheese. There are different types of blue cheeses depending on type of mold that is injected into the cheese during the aging process.

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