On Sunday, Panera Bread issued a preemptive voluntary recalled of its cream cheese products over listeria concerns, specifically its 2-ounce and 8-ounce. cream cheese products. This follows a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in samples of one variety of their 2-ounce cream cheese. If you have concerns about the cream cheese in your fridge, read on to get the need to know facts on the recall.

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To start with, this is a preemptive recall. That means no one has gotten sick (yet). When samples from a single production day showed the presence of this bacteria, Panera took action immediately to stop the possible contamination risk by issuing a recall.

photo credit: Panera Bread

If you have any type of Panera cream cheese with an expiration date of 4/2/18 or before that was bought in one of the Panera Bread U.S. bakery stores, do not eat it. This includes the 2-ounce and 8-ounce varieties of plain, reduced-fat plain, reduced-fat chive and onion, reduced-fat honey walnut and reduced-fat wild blueberry cream cheese. If you’re still not sure whether you have the affected cream cheese or not, stop and don’t eat it.

Panera’s President and CEO, Blaine Hurst, said in a press release, “The safety of out guests and associated is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility.”

Consumers who may have the cream cheese (or are completely, absolutely sure that they’re cream cheese is part of the recall) should contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA (Monday-Sunday from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST) or visit Panera.custhelp.com. Again, do NOT eat the cream cheese. Panera is offering refunds for the affected products.

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