I'm curious about the close vote for this question.
I absolutely understand why the question is bad as it was posed: we cannot know why this particular woman made a particular request.
However, I'm uncertain about whether the question would still be unacceptable (and "off-topic") if it were even slightly reworded. Wouldn't it be acceptable if it were just changed to be something like: "As a caterer/chef, I've had requests from pregnant women not to serve soft cheeses. Is serving raw soft cheeses a food safety concern?"
According to the major U.S. and Canadian food safety sites -- like the USDA, FDA, and CDC -- unpasteurized soft cheeses are in fact a significant food safety concern due to Listeria bacteria. While unlikely to affect most healthy adults, listeriosis can lead to major complications and can be life-threatening for pregnant women (and others with compromised immune systems). (Hard cheeses do not provide a good growth medium and are not a significant concern.)
The reality is that soft cheeses in the U.S. are required to be pasteurized when sold commercially. On the other hand, I know many people who make soft cheeses at home using unpasteurized milk. From that perspective, it is in fact a safety concern for food preparation when considering whether to serve those cheeses to pregnant women.
And, of course, there are plenty of places around the world where it is legal to sell unpasteurized soft cheeses.
As I said, I understand why this question as asked is bad. But just by editing a few words, would it not be an acceptable food safety question? If so, why was it closed so fast rather than edited? And if not, why not?
EDIT: Some of the discussion to this question has suggested that I'm claiming the issue is only about pasteurization, a topic not even brought up by the OP. It is NOT. The fundamental distinction pregnant women are taught about is generally soft vs. hard. Please note, for example, the detailed list given by the UK's NHS. The page identifies three categories:
- Hard cheeses, which are always considered safe (even if unpasteurized)
- Some soft cheeses, which are still safe if pasteurized
- Other soft cheeses and some softer blue cheeses, which are NEVER considered safe by some organizations regardless of whether they pasteurized or not
Please note that the cheeses specifically mentioned in the question fall into group (3), i.e., cheeses that may be considered unsafe for pregnant women regardless of pasteurization state.
This is NOT a question about pasteurization. It is a question about soft cheeses (which are a good growth medium for certain bacteria) vs. hard cheeses (which are not). I have NOT "read into" the OP's question: every fact he mentions is specifically in line with Listeria concerns for pregnant women regarding soft cheeses.