Panera Bread is recalling cream cheese products from its US bakery cafes over fears of listeria contamination.
Panera Bread issued a statement saying the voluntary recall is “out of an abundance of caution.” Samples of one of its cream cheese products from one a day of production showed up positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Listeria is type of bacterium that infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food. Listeria can cause fever and diarrhea and is dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn child. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1,600 people become infected with listeria each year, and about 260 die.
Panera bread is recalling all cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before the second of April 2018.
Panera Bread’s President and CEO, Blaine Hurst said, “We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility.”
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