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Are cottage cheese and premixed dips (like french onion chip dip) pasturized?

Asked by kelly (1908points) March 3rd, 2011

I’m immune system suppressed due to transplant. Been told by transplant coordinator that unpasturized dairy products can be deadly to me because of potential bacteria(s) that I can no longer fight, but that most health (non-immunosuppressed) persons can. Also need protein intake and want dairy for variety. I buy dairy products in a national chain food market. Every package of cottage cheese and premixed dip says made from pasturized milk products, BUT it does not say the mixture is pasturized. Friend runs a restaurant (Illinois) and they can not serve meals that contain any non-pasturized dairy products. So is this much to do about nothing. I want to be “for sure” defensive. Thanks in advance Jellies.

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crisw's avatar

This link and this one say cottage cheese is OK.

Most dips are cooked, which does the same thing as pasteurization.

syz's avatar

If I’m not mistaken, everything is required to be pasteurized that can be pasteurized in the US.

Edit: Apparently, I am mistaken. Some soft cheeses such as brie, feta, Camembert, blue cheese and Mexican-style cheeses, such as queso blanco, queso fresco and panela may be unpasteurized.

unique's avatar

you have to cook milk to make cottage cheese. dunno re: the dip, but agree with crisw

kelly's avatar

thanks all. K

john65pennington's avatar

To be safe, look on the cartons and see what it says. Look before you leap, especially in your situation.

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