Panera Bread issues recall on cream cheese products

Last Updated: Monday, January 29, 2018, 3:12 PM EST

Panera Bread is recalling cream cheese products from its U.S. bakery cafes over fears of Listeria contamination. 

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The chain said it was issuing the recall "out of an abundance of caution" after samples of one of its cream cheese products from one day of production showed a positive result for listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

More information is available on the Panera Bread website.

Listeria contamination can cause fever and diarrhea and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children.

In a statement, Panera Bread said it was recalling all 2- and 8-ounce cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018.

"Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative," the company said.

"We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility," said Blaine Hurst, Panera's president and CEO. 

About 1,600 people become infected with listeria each year, and about 260 die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

While the bacteria may cause fever and diarrhea, just like other foodborne bugs, certain people are at greatly increased risk: the elderly, people with a weak immune system, pregnant women and their newborns.

Information from CNN was used in this report.