Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Over Listeria Concerns
Panera Bread locations recalled all cream cheese products due to listeria concerns, though there have been no reported illness as of the January 28 announcement.
The recall is affecting 2 oz and 8 oz cream cheese products in United States locations of the bakery cafe. Consumers who purchased cream cheese at a Panera Bread location with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018 should dispose of the cream cheese and contact Panera Bread customer service 1-855-672-6372 for a refund, according to the press release.
“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,” wrote Blaine Hurst, Panera’s president and CEO.
Concerns of listeria occurred when a sample of 2 oz cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of the bacteria. Additional tests were run on cream cheese before and after the production day and tested negative. There is no indication for when the cream cheese will be available again.
Approximately 1,600 cases of listeria are reported each year in the United States, killing 260 people annually, according to the Center for Disease Control. Pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, and adults over 65 are most at risk. If you experience listeria symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, headache, muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, and confusion contact your doctor immediately.