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So I thought I was finally paranoid free but last night the in-laws took us to Don Pablos and I discovered the miracle that is queso. I couldn't stop dipping my chips in it! Had no idea that this melted wonder cheese was on the list of foods to avoid as I never eat it...do you think it's probable that if it's from Don Pablos, it's probably made with pasteurized milk?<br><br>
Thanks for humoring me, ladies!
 

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I occasionally eat soft cheese during my pregnancy with no ill effects... I really think there's no problem with eating queso (and I have really no idea what that cheese is), but anyways, isn't raw cheese illegal in the states?? So it would have to be pasteurized.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...isn't raw cheese illegal in the states?? So it would have to be pasteurized.</div>
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Nope. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Raw milk and dairy products are illegal to sell in some states and not others.
 

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I've had my fair share of queso this pregnancy. Yes, it's likely from pasturized cheese.<br><br>
You will find with a small amount of research that the scare with raw milk and cheese is largely fabricated. However, it does take some consumer awareness about how to handle raw milk, the difference in shelf life, and the integrity of the source.
 

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One lady I worked with had queso and chips everyday durin her pg and the baby turned out perfect. I really don't think twice about eating things in restaurants because they should on the most part be safe or else there would be tons of lawsuits out there.
 

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Melted, processed cheese is not the same thing as soft cheese like brie or whatever. You're fine. It's not very healthy, but it's tasty when you're craving something like that! Dig in!
 

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I'm with Angela on this one. Don't worry about it. It was probably made from pasturized milk and even if it wasn't there would very likely be absolutely no ill effect whatsoever.<br><br>
As a philosophical aside I find it strange that we live in a culture that gets so paranoid about such unlikely scenarios as a baby being affected by unpasturized milk, yet for the most part sees very little wrong with the standard North American diet in general... loaded with processed substances, artificial colours, preservatives, trans fats, etc... I say enjoy your soft cheese... you and your baby will be FINE.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As a philosophical aside I find it strange that we live in a culture that gets so paranoid about such unlikely scenarios as a baby being affected by unpasturized milk, yet for the most part sees very little wrong with the standard North American diet in general... loaded with processed substances, artificial colours, preservatives, trans fats, etc... I say enjoy your soft cheese... you and your baby will be FINE.</div>
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I was thinking about this same thing this morning...my tendency to worry so much about what end up being so trivial and I chalk it up my general anxiety about the baby being healthy along with an it's too good to be true mentality (that I'll actually have my baby in my arms soon.) Things like soft cheeses are any easy thing to dwell on, and it's easier to dwell on something I may have done wrong rather than think something could go wrong that I have no control over. I'm honestly and so sincerely thankful that this message board exists so when the paranoia does take over I can let it out and get some assurance. I would hate to know what my OB would think if I contacted her on a Saturday confessing I had queso! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Hmm, does queso from a chain Mexican joint even <i>contain</i> cheese?<br><br>
You're fine, mama. It's probably a Velveeta-type concoction. Tasty but nearly a non-food product. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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queso fresco (a type of unpasturized farmer cheese) is way different than chile con queso at a mexican resturaunt. the stuff you get in a resturant is usually velveta and salsa! velveta isn't even actually cheese in my book.
 
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