ST. LOUIS, NJ - Panera Bread issued a press release stating, "out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all two ounce and eight-ounce cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes."

The casual dining chain, with locations in the Watchung Hills sending district towns, said the recall was initiated after samples of one variety of two-ounce cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

“The safety of our guests and associates 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,” Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO said in a statement.  “Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

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No cases of listeria have been reported, according to Panera Bread. 

More details on the recall can be found here.

Customers are instructed to discard recalled product immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA from Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.. EST, or visit for a full refund, the company said.


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