DALLAS, TX — Cream cheese products sold at Panera Bread restaurant-cafes in North Texas have been recalled amid fears of Listeria contamination. The voluntary recall comes after one variety of its cream cheese product tested positive for the potentially harmful bacteria.
The affected brands are 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.The chain said samples of one of its varieties from a single day of production tested positive for the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, and that tests on cream cheese samples manufactured the day before and after were negative.
The recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread bakery cafes in the U.S. Other food products from the chain are not affected.
Listeria Monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. It’s also particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriages and still births.
Healthy people usually only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
North Texas Stores Affected:
Dallas — 3826 Lemmon AvenueDallas — 7839 Park LaneMesquite — 18641 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway Dallas — 11661 Preston Road Irving — 7600 N MacArthur BoulevardDallas — 5325 Belt Line RoadRichardson — 730 E. Campbell RoadGarland — 200 Town Center BoulevardGrand Prairie — 4125 S. Carrier ParkwayCedar Hill — E. Pleasant Run Road Plano — 1900 Preston RoadThe Colony — 5290 State Highway 121 Allen — W. Bethany DriveFrisco — 5062 Main Street McKinney — 3050 South Central Expressway This list might not be comprehensive. Click here to search for stores in your area.
"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, 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," 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."
Customers who bought the cream cheese should throw it away and call the company at 1 (855)-6-PANERA or visit the customer help website, for information about how to claim a full refund.
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