Panera Bread is recalling cream cheese sold at its bakery-cafes in the U.S. due to listeria contamination concerns, the company announced Sunday.
While no illnesses have been reported, the company issued the voluntary recall after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Tests on samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have come back negative.
The recall covers all varieties of 2 and 8 oz. cream cheese containers with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.
"According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women," the recall notice from Panera states.
Customers who have a container affected by the recall should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, or visit Panera.custhelp.com for a full refund.