You are here

 Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Cheese

sumitaThomas's picture


If you complained of stomach pain and cramps after last night's cheese pasta, it may be because you ate cheese that was spoilt. The effects of food spoilage on health are unwanted and best avoided. Dairy products are highly perishable. It is important to understand how to prevent this as meals are a source of enjoyment and not a vehicle for pathogens. It is essential to understand the factors responsible for spoilage so that efforts can be taken to prevent them.






Cause Of Spoilage

  • Cheese can get contaminated during the process of manufacture if the equipments that were used to make it were dirty or contaminated water was used at any step.

  • If cheese was not stored at low temperature and used past the expiry date, it is likely to be spoiled.


Health Problems Caused By Rotten Cheese

  • Salmonella can be present in the milk that was used for cheese making especially if it was unpasteurised. The effects are seen after 12 hours of eating and the symptoms can last up to one week. Most commonly, fever and vomiting are seen. Diarrhea can also be associated with abdominal cramps.

  • Soft cream cheese is a high risk food for contamination with E coli bacteria. This is because raw milk is used to make this cheese. Upon infection, diarrhea with blood and chills can be seen. In severe but rare cases, there have also been instances of damage to the kidney and the need for dialysis. Untreated it may lead to death.

  • Contamination by Listeria bacteria is a huge concern especially for pregnant women and children. It is most commonly present in raw milk and its products. It can cause fever and vomiting which can last weeks together. Confusion and weakness is also common. It can gravely effect the fetus and damage organs like the brain if the infection is not controlled.


Tips To Identify Rotten Cheese

  • Make sure to buy only cheese made from pasteurised milk.

  • There should be no cracks on the cheese rind.

  • The cheese should not have an unnatural bulge.

  • Store cheese in the crisper in an airtight container.


Make sure to read labels to check the expiry date. Follow these safety guidelines to enjoy healthy and flavorful cheese at all times.


Image Credit

Rate This

Your rating: None
Average: 4.2 (7 votes)
 Health Effects Of Eating Rotten Cheese