Is it safe to eat unpasteurised milk cheese?
Yes, it is!
Unpasteurised Milk Cheese implies that it has not been pasteurized.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, under the Food and Drug Regulations, allows the making and the sale of unpasteurised milk cheese provided that:
- Article 8.08.044 (1): “….No person shall sell cheese, including cheese curd, that is not made from a pasteurized source unless it has been stored.
- Article B.08.030: “stored” means to have been kept or held at a temperature of 2ºC more for a period of 60 days or more from the date of the beginning of the manufacturing aging process.
Every batch of unpasteurised milk cheese is analyzed for bacterial content before being released. Limits for E. coli and Staphyloccocus aureus are set by the Agency and must be met.
The only organic cheese that has gone through pasteurization is our mozzarella and is thus not considered a unpasteurised milk cheese.
So, enjoy the flavour of La Chaudière unpasteurised milk Cheddar, Swiss and Gouda without any concerns.