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Panera Bread Is Recalling Their Cream Cheese Over Listeria Concerns

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Eaten cream cheese at Panera recently? You may have come into contact with listeria

You may go to Panera for a more natural approach to your breakfast sandwiches and lunch soups, but are you getting more than you bargained for?

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If you are a fan of cream cheese, maybe. Panera Bread has announced a national recall of products containing cream cheese sold at its bakery-cafés because of a risk of listeria contamination.

Panera issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution" after samples of one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese tested positive for presence of listeria.

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Panera said the recall applies to all varieties of the company's 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2, 2018. The 2-ounce and 8-ounce varieties that are being recalled include: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

If you've already eaten any of the cream cheese products listed, don't panic. Though listeria was found in one sample on one production day, no one has gotten sick or reported any symptoms. But it's smarter to be safe and dispose of any uneaten product.

If you have these products, throw them out and contact the company's customer service department at 1-855-6-PANERA any day of the week between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST or visit the Panera Customer Care Center for a full refund.

"The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the U.S. with an active shelf life," Blaine Hurst, Panera's president and CEO, said in a statement issued with the recall. "We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility."

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