According to the Centers for Disease Control, Listeria can cause serious infection in certain vulnerable groups, including adults 65 and older and pregnant women, resulting in higher rates of hospitalization and even death.
"There is no evidence at this point that any of our consumers or products have been impacted, we are taking this action as a precautionary measure to assure that our products are safe,” Paul Schwebel, the company’s president, said in an announcement.
The products were shipped directly to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky. Schwebel says consumers can identify the products by the code located near the “best by” date. If the code begins with the letter “A,” the product is part of the voluntary withdrawal.
Schwebel said anyone who has products in their possession that are part of the voluntary withdrawal should not consume them and should discard them or return them to where they were purchased.
Baden Giant Eagle is accepting the bread returns with or without receipts. Walmart in Economy is also participating in the recall and a store employee said they have removed this particular bread from the shelf.
Shop'n Save in Harmony does not have this particular bread at its store.
Schwebel said if consumers have any questions concerning the potentially impacted products they can contact them directly at 1-800-860-2867.