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Panera Bread Announces Voluntary Recall for Cream Cheese Products

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Panera Bread announced a nationwide recall of cream cheese products sold in the company's United States bakery-cafes.

The recall is a result of samples from a single production day showing positive test results for Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on samples before and after this production day came back negative.

The products included in the recall are all varieties of unexpired 2- and 8-ounce cream cheese products with an expiration date before April 2, 2018.

"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.

According to the press release, the organism found in the samples can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths to pregnant women. Healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumers in possession of these products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, or visit panera.custhelp.com for a full refund. For any other questions, you can visit www.panerabread.com/recall.

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, 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, Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.


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