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Listeria Concerns Halt Production At Schwebel’s Youngstown Bakery

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (KDKA) — The Schwebel Baking Company isn’t using the word recall. Instead, they’re calling it a “voluntary product withdrawal.”

It all stems from the fact that listeria was detected at its Youngstown plant during a routine inspection.

The company halted production and has decided to pull its products from area stores.

Dr. Kristen Mertz from the Allegheny County Health Department says listeria is “a bacteria that can cause illness in persons. It’s a food-borne illness. It’s relatively rare, but it can be quite serious.”

She says people who are elderly, have compromised immune systems or who are pregnant are most susceptible.

There are several Schwebel’s Outlets in our area, including ones in McKeesport and Allison Park.

Kuhn’s grocery stores says Schwebel’s drivers removed white and Italiano bread from its stores today.

And it turns out, some varieties of Giant Eagle brand bread are actually made at the Schwebel’s plant.

So an added precaution, Giant Eagle has pulled any of the following varieties which were actually produced at the Youngstown plant: multigrain bread, rye, potato, sausage rolls, sliced Italian, white, hot dog buns, Milano Italian, deli cut sub rolls, Valuetime hot dog buns, deli hearth rye, hearty rye and soft rye.

Schwebel’s says anyone who bought the bread should throw it out.

Dr. Mertz says people who fear they may have eaten some of the bread should look for stomach issues, fever and aches, especially if they’re in a high-risk group.

Schwebel’s bread has a code next to the “best by” date, and if that code begins with the letter “A,” it was made at the Youngstown plant.

Again, the company stress that the withdrawal is a precaution. There have been no reports of anyone getting sick.

Schwebel’s Bread and other products are sold in local grocery stores, and the company also has outlet stores in Hampton, Hermitage, McKeesport and Meadville.

Read the full statement on the company’s website here.

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