They consider the entry of products processed with unpasteurized milk as a health risk.
As of January 20, the United States authorities banned the entry of products derived from Mexican cheeses at the border. Under the new restrictions, all cheeses coming from Mexico must be reported to a US federal immigration agent upon entering US soil.
The decision was based on the perceived health risk of products processed with unpasteurized milk, so they were banned from entering the United States.
Scientific studies blame the consumption of cheese from Mexico for causing several outbreaks of salmonellosis, tuberculosis and poisoning that seriously endanger the health of those who consume it.
Sylvia Gaytán, a representative of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), commented by telephone from Washington that the personal importation of high-risk cheese is considered illegal.
“This illegal importation is an ongoing practice of many land and air travelers coming to the United States,” he admitted.
Official data shows that in 1999 alone, so-called “foodborne illness” caused 5,000 deaths, 32,500 hospitalizations and a series of 76 million different stomach outbreaks in the neighboring country.
The FDA warns of the risk of certain soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk as they pose a serious health risk, especially to vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, newborns, adults or those with weakened immune systems. These cheeses can cause listeria, brucellosis, salmonellosis and tuberculosis.
The FDA publishes an article explaining that these contaminated cheeses mainly come from Mexico and Central America. Among the most popular are panela, asadero, white and ranchero cheeses, which can be processed with unpasteurized milk.
The recommendation of this American agency is to stop consuming cheeses from Mexico, especially if you ignore the fact that they are pasteurized products.