Panera Bread Recalls All 2- and 8-Ounce Cream Cheese Products

Panera Bread is recalling all 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes, the company announced.

There have been no reported illnesses, but the company issued the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” according to company information provided by the Food and Drug Administration.

This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.

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

This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.

According to the FDA, listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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