Panera Bread Cream Cheese Recalled Due to Listeria

Panera Bread Cream Cheese Recalled Due to Listeria

Panera Bread says it’s acting “out of an abundance of caution”.

It’s a voluntary recall that’s being done by Panera Bread. After cream cheese products from one day of production showed a positive result when tested for Listeria, the company has recalled the product.

Most people who ingest Listeria monocytogenes can expect to experience a fever, diarrhea and stomach pain as it’s a form of food poisoning. For those with a weakened immune system however, it can be much worse.

Pregnant women can feel the brunt of it. They can experience miscarriages, stillbirths and premature labor because of Listeria and are 10 times more likely to become infected than others. The elderly are also at greater risk of infection, and need to take care.

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The recall is being applied to all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before the second of April 2018 (4/2/18), Panera says.

What are some other common sources? Frozen vegetables and unpasteurized dairy products, as well as deli meats and hot dogs can also carry this pathogenic bacteria. According to the CDC, investigators have traced recent outbreaks of Listeria to soft cheeses celery, sprouts, cantaloupe and ice cream.

Consumers are advised to avoid eating raw sprout and to consume melon right after cutting it. If you refrigerate it, do so immediately and for no more than 7 days.

When it comes to processed meats, meat should be consumed 3 to 5 days after opening a package.

Unopened packages should be kept no longer than 2 weeks in the fridge, after which they should be thrown out.

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