Panera Bread Recalls Popular Food Item Over Deadly Bacteria

January 29, 2018Jan 29, 2018

A popular restaurant chain just issued a recall. Panera Bread, the soup-and-sandwiches restaurant chain found across the United States, said it would recall cream cheese products sold in its U.S. cafes, reported NBC

The recall comes over possible Listeria contamination. The chain said they recalled the cream cheese after one type of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, said bakery-cafe on Sunday.

"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount," said Blaine Hurt, Panera's president and chief executive. "Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera."

Listeria, while not dangerous to adults with healthy immune systems, can be deadly if eaten by the wrong person. It can cause life-threatening infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and people with fragile immune systems.

Healthy people can still come down with fevers or diarrhea. Tragically, pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recall covers only cream cheese sold in Panera locations in the United States. It doesn't effect cafés in Canada or other Panera food products.

As of last fall, the chain said it operated about 2,100 locations.

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