The Pasteur Institute warns of the risks of Listeriosis in vegan cheeses

At the beginning of May, the Pasteur Institute published news aimed at warning consumers about the risks associated with the consumption of vegan cheeses. These substitutes, which claim to be similar to real cheeses, are the cause of a listeriosis epidemic in Europe.

The proliferation of bacteria is faster in vegan milk than in milk of animal origin.

The Pasteur Institute recently published news aimed at keeping consumers informed of vegan products. If usually, the consumption of healthy products is one of the selling points of these products, we will have to seriously review the way we approach things with regard to vegan and vegan cheese.

Following the contamination by listeriosis of several pregnant women and an immunocompromised person in France and other cases elsewhere in Europe, an alert enabled the identification of the origin of these infections. All these people had consumed vegan cheese which are nevertheless consumed as substitutes for raw milk cheese, not recommended for fragile people precisely to avoid this type of infection.

After an analysis carried out by the national Listeria reference center, Belgian, German and Dutch experts, as well as Public Health France, it turned out that vegan or vegan milk-based products were at the origin of the epidemic. .

A study carried out by researchers in Ireland even demonstrated that the bacteria responsible for the disease proliferated more quickly in milks of plant origin than in those of animal origin.

The Pasteur Institute has therefore highlighted the urgency for manufacturers of plant-based products to take into account the risks of contamination during the manufacturing processes.

Not so healthy alternatives as expected.

Vegan cheeses and other products that ban animal ingredients continue to claim that they are better for the planet but also healthier for humans. The consumption of meat and all other products from the livestock sector would be harmful to humans according to the most convinced vegans.

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While it is true that as with everything, you should not overdo it, it seems that vegan products now fall into the same category…

What could be considered the most serious in this story is precisely that consumers who turn to this type of product sometimes do so to avoid the risks linked to the consumption of products of animal origin, such as This is the case for cheese in the context of pregnant women.

Vegan cheeses do not undergo a pasteurization process, which can therefore harm their preservation but allow the proliferation of different microorganisms.

For all these reasons, the Pasteur Institute has highlighted the lack of data on the risks involved in consuming vegan products and on the pathogens that can develop during their production.

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