Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Over Listeria Fears
The recall affects all 2,000 locations across the U.S.
As of January 28, Panera Bread is recalling the 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products sold at all of their 2,000+ U.S. locations. The decision came after one of the brand's cream cheese products tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. (Eaten Something from a Food Recall? Here's What to Do.)
"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, Panera's president, and CEO, said in a statement on Sunday. "We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility."
Even though only one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese tested positive, Panera has included at least 10 different cream cheese products across both sizes in their voluntary recall. 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 products in 8-ounce and 2-ounce containers should be thrown away as a precautionary measure. (Psst... Here's when to toss the food in your fridge.)
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported so far. But every year, around 1,600 people are infected with listeria and about 260 die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). High-risk people include pregnant women, newborns, and those who are 65 and older. Some common symptoms include fever and diarrhea. Also look out for headaches, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, and muscle aches.
Panera is offering full refunds on all the products included in the recall and have noted that people are welcome to call their customer service line at 1-855-6-PANERA between 5 a.m and 10 p.m. CST, Monday through Sunday, if they have any questions. To view the press release and learn more details, feel free to visit Panera's website.