On Sunday, January 28, the beloved soup and sandwich restaurant ‘Panera’ issued a recall on all of its cream cheese products sold in the United States due to Listeria contamination.
Panera's cream cheese was tested positive for the presence of “Listeria monocytogenes.” Listeria monocytogenes, or more commonly known as ‘Listeria,’ is a bacterium that targets the human immune system and causes severe illness.
Pregnant women are at the core of the target, as are newborns, elderly adults, and individuals with pre-existing weakened immune systems. Listeria symptoms include fever and flu-like symptoms, similar to muscle fatigue and aches. While it can be a common occurrence in pregnant women, it’s absolutely imperative to stop the illness as it can be fatal to newborns and even cause miscarriages.
Panera immediately recalled their branded cream cheese by sharing the following statement, “The safety of our guests and associates is paramount. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera." Blaine Hurt, the chain’s CEO is making his customers his very first priority during this time.
Currently, the recall is issued on only the Panera brand of cream cheese and spans only U.S.-based Panera locations; Canada stores and other food products are not affected by the recall.
If you have been a customer at Panera and have indulged in the cream cheese, please consider seeking professional guidance.