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Panera Is Recalling Its Soup After Customers Find This Gross Item Inside

A U.S. government agency is "concerned" this Panera soup might be in your fridge.

Panera Bread announced last week that they're joining forces with two other well-known chains, but it sounds like they may have a little quality control issue to address at present. That's the case for one of their popular refrigerated soups under the Panera Bread at Home label, with one flavor being recalled in four states after customers complained of having found a rather unsavory ingredient.

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is a division of the Department of Agriculture, reports that Panera Bread is recalling some of its Panera Bread at Home Chicken Tortilla Soup. This, after the company received "several consumer complaints" that led the agency to discover the soup "may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically pieces of gray nitrile glove." (Nitrile is rubber, suggesting that a food preparation glove made it into a batch of the chicken tortilla soup.)

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The FSIS says the soup was sold at retail locations in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Texas in 16-ounce plastic containers with lot code 070121-1V and Use By 09/09/2021 on the label.

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It's reported that so far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions. The FSIS advises that "anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."

The agency also states: "FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

Hey—at least we know these food preparers were wearing gloves..? (Except, maybe someone wasn't, after all.)

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more