Out of severe caution, Panera Bread conducted a nation-wide recall of the 2 oz and 8 oz cream cheese products sold in its United States bakeries. The recall resulted when on variety test positive for Listeria Monocytogenes.
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.
Tests of cheese made before and after the production day that tested positive have all come back as negative.
The products being recalled: are plain cream cheese, reduced-fat plain cream cheese, reduced-fat chive and onion cream cheese, reduced-fat honey walnut cream cheese and reduced fat wild blueberry cream cheese with the expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.