Panera Bread is recalling cream cheese products from its U.S. bakery-cafes over fears of listeria contamination.
The chain said it was issuing the voluntary recall “out of an abundance of caution” after samples of one of its cream cheese products from a single day of production showed a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Listeria contamination can cause fever and diarrhea and is particularly dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn children.
“Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative,” the company said.
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.
Pregnant women are 10 times more likely than other people to become infected, and the bacteria can be passed on to the developing fetus, the CDC says. The infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature labor.