While there have been no reported illnesses from an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is running a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of 2 ounces. And 8 oz. Cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes.
This recall was initiated after samples of a single variety of two oz. Cream cheese from a single production day showed a favorable 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.
Despite the finding in only one day of manufacturing, Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of types of the two oz. And 8 oz. cream cheese. The goods contained in the recall are types (see below) of unexpired 2 ounces.
And 8 ounces. Cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and doesn’t affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or some other Panera Bread food products.
“Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”
According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause severe 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 indications such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Affected 2 oz. Cream Cheese Varieties (example pictured below): 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 (example pictured below): 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.
Consumers in possession of those products should drop them immediately and contact Panera Bread Client Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM. CST, or see Panera.custhelp.com to get a complete refund. For any additional queries, please see www.panerabread.com/recall.