Panera Bread Announces Recall of Cream Cheese Products over Listeria Contamination Fears
The recall affects all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18
Panera Bread has initiated a recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes due to concerns over contamination with listeria monocytogenes.
This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of listeria. Panera says that tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.
Recalled Product Details
The products included in this recall are all varieties of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. The recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not include Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.
The following Panera cream cheese products are being recalled:
Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced- Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.
Affected 8 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced- Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.
"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility," Panera Bread President and CEO Blaine Hurst said in a statement.
Risks of Listeria
Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
What should consumers do?
Consumers in possession of the recalled cream cheese products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at (855) 6-PANERA.