Panera Bread has recalled its 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese it sells at its bakery-cafes.
it comes after samples of one of its 2 oz. cream cheese products tested positive for listeria.
Affected 2 oz. varieties include: 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.
Affected 8 oz. varieties: 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.
Is there any danger?
Probably not. Panera Bread says the recall is a preemptive and voluntary one that it took after a single batch tested positive on one day of production.
Subsequent tests on samples manufactured before and after the sample was found came back negative.
Nonetheless the recall affects all unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18.
“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,” said Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO, in a press release.
More about listeria
Listeria is a nasty bacteria, one that can cause potentially fatal infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems.
Its short-term symptoms in health people can include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.