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Panera Bread Recall of Cream Cheese Products Announced

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By    |   Monday, 29 January 2018 12:08 PM

Panera Bread has announced a recall of all of its two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products sold in its restaurants in the United States for fear of Listeria monocytogenes, the company said in a statement Sunday.

The voluntary recall was initiated after samples of one variety of two-ounce cream cheese on a single production day tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the Panera Bread statement said. While other cream cheese samples before and after tested negative, the company said it is conducting the recall out of an "abundance of caution."

Panera Bread said it has not received any reports of illness caused by its cream cheese products.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, is a serious infection that kills 260 people annually.

The CDC reports that an estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year and the infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.

Pregnant women may experience fever and flu-like symptoms such as fatigue and muscle aches from the infection while others will suffer from headaches, stiff necks, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, the CDC noted.

"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life," Blaine Hurst, president and chief executive officer of Panera Bread said in a statement.

"We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility. Only one variety of two-ounce cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera," the statement continued.

Panera said that affected two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese varieties includes its Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Consumers with the products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread customer service at 1-855-6-PANERA for a full refund, the company said.

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Panera Bread has announced a recall of all of its two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products sold in its restaurants in the United States for fear of Listeria monocytogenes, the company said in a statement Sunday.
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