Panera recalls cream cheese amid Listeria concerns

by Eric Schroeder
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Panera has recalled all of its 2-oz and 8-oz cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery cafes.
 

ST. LOUIS — Panera Bread Co. has recalled all of its 2-oz and 8-oz cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery cafes. The recall comes on the heels of a finding in which samples of one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, the company said.

Panera said tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative. The recalled product includes cream cheese with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018, and only includes product sold in Panera Bread’s U.S. bakery cafes.

Blaine Hurst, Panera
Blaine Hurst, president and c.e.o. of Panera
“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount,” said Blaine Hurst, president and chief executive officer. “Therefore, we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility. Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests.”
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