Test results clear way for Schwebel to resume production

by Eric Schroeder
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — Full production at Schwebel Baking Co.’s Youngstown facility was expected to resume sometime July 24 after an independent, certified laboratory confirmed on July 23 that the species of Listeria found in the bakery was not the type that poses a risk to public health.

“We remain focused on consumer safety,” said Paul Schwebel, president of the company. “That goal guides our current efforts to get our Youngstown bakery back on-line and will allow us to produce our full range of products for our loyal customers.”

A voluntary market recall of certain products baked at the Youngstown plant of Schwebel Baking Co. was announced July 22. The recall was prompted by the discovery of Listeria during a planned, internal environmental audit of the plant. Listeria is a genus of bacteria that includes 10 different strains.

Mr. Schwebel said the company alerted the Food and Drug Administration of the potential problem immediately after the discovery and placed all product  prepared for shipment on hold. None of Schwebel’s other baking plants are affected.

According to the company, products from the plant are shipped to retail, food service and institutional customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. In addition to its Youngstown plant, Schwebel operates baking plants in Hebron and Solon, Ohio.

“We appreciate the loyalty of our customers and regret the inconvenience this product withdrawal has caused,” Mr. Schwebel said. “We have always and will always keep the general safety of our consumers at the forefront of our family business.”
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