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Panera recalls cream cheese products over listeria concerns

Panera Bread Announces Voluntary Recall for Cream Cheese Products Panera recalling cream cheese amid Listeria concerns
Nellie Chapman | 29 January, 2018, 20:47

Popular fast-casual bakery-cafe Panera Bread recalled 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products on Sunday amid listeria concerns. The company says it is recalling all of its two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products due to possible listeria contamination.

The company started the recall after samples of one kind of the cheese tested positive for listeria bacteria.

Panera Bread has announced a nationwide voluntary recall on certain types of cream cheese.

Affected varieties include plain, reduced-fat plain, reduced-fat chive & onion, reduced-fat honey walnut, and reduced-fat wild blueberry.

"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount", said Blaine Hurt, Panera's president and chief executive.

Symptoms are usually short-term in healthy individuals and may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Panera said, citing information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

8-ounce cream cheese varieties, including 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.

Products recalled have an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018. It can be more risky for older adults and for pregnant women, since it can lead miscarriage, stillbirth, or a life-threatening infection of a newborn, the CDC says.

Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to become infected, and the bacteria can be passed on to the developing fetus, the CDC says. The recall doesn't affect the chain's Canadian locations or other products sold.