- Panera Bread has recalled a selection of its cream cheese products because of concerns of possible listeria contamination.
- Customers are panicking online.
- The bacteria can cause fatal illnesses in young children, the elderly, and those with weaker immune systems.
A bagel without cream cheese isn’t a bagel worth having.
Customers are freaking out after Panera Bread, a bakery-cafe chain, announced it would be recalling five varieties of its cream cheese sold in US locations because of a potential bacteria contamination.
In a statement published this weekend, the company claimed that samples of the cheese had tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria that can be extremely dangerous if it infects people with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly and children. According to the FDA, symptoms include “high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhoea.”
The news quickly went viral on social media as customers panicked.
Me when someone asks if I had cream cheese on my bagel this morning at Panera Bread. pic.twitter.com/D6RK7lOIuZ
— $teven Audia (@SurfaceState) January 29, 2018
The company said that samples of products manufactured before and after tested negative.
When your @panerabread store tells you they don't know why they have no cream cheese for the foreseeable future and then a 2-second Twitter search reveals they've recalled it due to possible listeria contamination. O.O
— Laura Kaye (@laurakayeauthor) January 29, 2018
Five flavours have been recalled, including plain cream cheese and more exciting flavours such as reduced-fat honey walnut and wild blueberry.
I will say, watching the reactions of people as the @panerabread cashiers repeat over and over “no cream cheese” is how I think the apocalypse begins…
— Brittany (@brittanyburcham) January 29, 2018
No illnesses have yet been reported.
Panera Bread did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Having a rough Monday morning, the only thing keeping me together is this giant tub of cream cheese I bought at Panera Beard that I've been spoon feeding myself for the last 4 hours.
— Chris Barnes (@ChrisBarnesNYC) January 29, 2018
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