Panera Bread, the popular fast-casual chain with over 2,000 locations in the U.S., recalled its cream cheese products due to a possible Listeria contamination on January 28. Although there have been no reported illnesses, Panera is issuing the voluntary recall “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a press release on its website.
The recall is for all 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products sold in the U.S. after samples of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes. Luckily, tests on other cream cheeses before and after that production day came back negative.
“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility,” Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO, said in a statement. “Only one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”
The affected 2-ounce cream cheeses include: 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. Panera is urging customers to discard these products immediately and contact customer service for a full refund.
According to the FDA, eating food contaminated with listeria could land you in the hospital. Listeria infections are especially dangerous for young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. For pregnant women, it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or serious illness in newborns.
Fortunately, the rest of Panera’s menu is safe. If you’re thinking about hitting up the fast-casual chain for lunch or dinner, find out what to eat by checking our ranking of its entire soup, sandwich, and salad menu.