Panera Bread issues Nationwide Recall over Listeria concerns

Panera Bread Recall
Panera Bread said it was issuing a voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. sizes of all of its cream cheese products “out of an abundance of caution.”
The announcement comes after samples from one of its cream cheese products from a single day of production revealed a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Listeria can cause fever and diarrhea and is especially dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children.
The company, which website lists 182 locations in Florida, has removed all of the products with an expiration date on or before the second of April 2018 (4/2/18) from its stores.
In a statement, Panera Bread said,”Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.”
“We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” said Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO.
Reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 1,600 people become infected with listeria every year; of those, about 260 die. The bacteria may cause fever and diarrhea, as with other foodborne bugs.
The elderly, people with a weak immune system, pregnant women and their newborns are at increased risk.
Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to become infected, and the bacteria can be passed on to the unborn child, the CDC says. The infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and premature labor.
Panera’s statement on its website notes that there have been no reports of illness due to these products. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

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