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Stop The Sale Of Illegal Bathtub Cheese

Washoe County, Nevada – The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that a Washoe County child became ill after eating homemade cheese that was sold door-to-door.  The child tested positive for the Campylobacter virus, which health officials were able to trace back to a sample of the cheese consumed by the boy.

The article further reports that:

The homemade cheese, also known as “Mexican bathtub cheese,” or queso fresco, is usually made in homes without following required local and federal food safety standards, health officials said.

A staple in many immigrant communities, “bathtub cheese,” or Mexican-style soft cheese often is made in bathtubs and backyard troughs.

Although it has not been determined if the cheese that made the child sick was made locally, it is being sold door-to-door in the Truckee Meadows throughout Hispanic communities, health officials said.

All I can say is, its a good thing that it wasn’t a white kid who got sick from this cheese, as the anti-immigration nuts would likely blow their tops about this new insidous threat from south of the border:

“It’s gotten to the point where a decent god-fearing American citizen can’t even feed their child homemade cheese sold door-to-door, without fear that it has been made in a dirty bathtub by Mexicans.  Mr. Obama, seal this border now!!!”

My personal recommendation is to avoid making cheese in the bathtub altogether – the tub is for other things, like bathtub gin.  But if you must, scrub it well, and be sure to have the tub licensed by the applicable local authorities to avoid any trouble.

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