RECALL ALERT: Panera Bread recalls cream cheese over listeria fears

DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 05: A view of a Panera Bread restaurant on April 5, 2017 in Daly City, California. Investment firm JAB Holding Co. announced plans to purchase Panera Bread Co. for $315 per share in a cash deal estimated at $7.5 billion. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (CBS/AP) — Panera Bread Co. is voluntarily recalling some cream cheese sold in its U.S. stores because of possible bacterial contamination.

The St. Louis-based company released a statement Sunday saying the recall was initiated after testing from a single production day indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one variety of its 2 oz. cream cheese.

Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured before and after that production run have all come back negative.

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Panera says there have been no reported illnesses. The company says the recall is pre-emptive.

The products included in the recall are all varieties of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before April 2. The recall doesn’t affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other products.

Common symptoms of listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea. Other symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.

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