The FDA Just Issued a Warning About This Panera Product

If you have this food at home, you could be at risk of "serious or life-threatening" health complications.

Panera Bread is one of the most beloved chain restaurants in the U.S. But unfortunately, if you happened to have purchased one particular Panera-branded product recently, you'll be disappointed to learn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced a serious warning about its safety to consumers. Read on to discover if a food you have at home is affected. And if you want to play it safe, If You Bought This at Walmart, the FDA Says Stop Using It Immediately.

The FDA has announced the recall of Panera at Home Lobster Bisque.

lobster bisque in white bowl on blue napkin
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In conjunction with manufacturer Blount Fine Foods, the FDA announced the recall of 2,987 cases of Panera at Home Lobster Bisque cups in 16-oz. size on April 15. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product might contain egg that is not disclosed on the ingredients list.

The affected soup has a use-by date of 5/17/2021 and can be identified by UPC number 077958690300 and lot code 030821-11K printed on bottom of the product's packaging. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Eggs are among the most common food allergens.

eggs in the fridge

According to the FDA, eggs are one of the eight most common food allergens. A 2007 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Immunology analyzed 51 studies and found that up to seven percent of individuals have a self-reported egg allergy.

"People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product," according to the recall notice.

However, as of the recall date, there had been no reports of illnesses related to the consumption of the recalled soup. And for more products to ditch ASAP, If You Have This Bottled Water at Home, Stop Drinking It Now, FDA Says.

The product is not sold in Panera Bread restaurants.

panera bread restaurant exterior
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You don't have to worry about encountering the recalled soup at your local Panera Bread restaurant. The lobster bisque subject to the recall was only sold in the refrigerated section of grocery stores' deli departments, but not in Panera dine-in locations.

If you have the affected soup in your possession, you can return it to the grocery store from which it was purchased for a refund. You can also contact Blount Fine Foods at 866-674-4519 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET on weekdays, or via the company's recall page for further refund information.

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This isn't the only time Panera products have been pulled over potential contamination.

panera at home soup in refrigerator case in grocery store

Panera products—both those served at restaurant locations and those available for purchase at grocery stores—have been at the center of a few contamination controversies over the past few years. In 2020, Panera was named in a civil suit after a patron allegedly became ill with E. coli poisoning after eating lettuce from a Panera Bread restaurant, Food Safety News reports.

In 2019, Blount Fine Foods recalled approximately 6,700 pounds of Panera Bread at Home Chicken Tortilla Soup after multiple customers complained about finding pieces of plastic in their food. And just one year prior, Panera Bread voluntarily recalled all of its 2-oz. and 8-oz. containers of cream cheese after one container tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, although no illnesses related to consumption of the cream cheese were reported. And for more foods that could be putting you in harm's way, The FDA Is Warning You Not to Eat This Beloved Hostess Snack.

Sarah Crow
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