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Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Products

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Panera Bread is recalling all varieties of two ounce and eight ounce cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes. This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of two ounce cream cheese showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products have an expiration date on or before 4/2/18.

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. 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.

Affected 2 ounce cream cheese varieties: 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. Affected 8 ounce cream cheese varieties: 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. Consumers in possession of these products should discard them immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA for a full refund.

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