Panera Bread has issued a nationwide recall of its cream cheese products over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
According to USA Today, the recall was issued Sunday with the St. Louis-based food chain reporting samples of one variety of two-ounce cream cheese sold a positive result for the presence of listeria. The recall was issued “out of an abundance of caution”, according to Panera Bread.
Panera Bread said the recall applies to all varieties of its two-ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products. This includes all cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.
More specifically, the recall covers:
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can result in a serious infection called listeriosis. Infections are especially threatening to children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
An estimated 1,600 people fall ill to listeriosis each year, resulting in about 260 deaths. Listeriosis can also result in miscarriage and still birth.
Symptoms of listerioris include:
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