You may want to wait a few weeks before ordering cream cheese with your Panera bagel, because the company is in the middle of a nationwide recall.
On Jan. 28, 2018, the company released an announcement that Panera Bread is recalling their 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese containers. This recall is due to a single production day where the products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has reassured the public that this recall is preemptive, meaning there have been no reported illnesses thus far.
Cream cheese containers with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18 are being recalled. The flavors affected are Panera’s 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.
Although the products of this single production day tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, other tested cream cheese containers manufactured within the recalled expiration date have come back negative. Again, this recall is preemptive to ensure the safety of Panera customers.
“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,” said Panera’s President and CEO Blaine Hurst, in a company press release. “Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”
If you’re not familiar, Listeria is a foodborne bacteria. It can cause serious (sometimes fatal) injuries for young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Short-term systems include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Panera recommends that anyone with these products should discard them immediately, and to contact Panera Bread if you have any questions.
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