YOUNGSTOWN, Oh. - An independent, certified lab confirmed Wednesday that the species of listeria found in the Schwebel bakery in Youngstown is not the species that poses a risk to public health.
"Full production at the Youngstown facility is expected to resume within 24 hours," said Schwebel Baking Company President Paul Schwebel. "We remain focused on consumer safety. That goal guides our current efforts to get our Youngstown bakery back online and will allow us to produce our full range of products for our loyal customers."
Production at the bakery was halted this week when internal routine environmental sampling conducted by the company found the presence of an undetermined species of listeria in the facility.
As a result, Schwebel's reported these preliminary findings to the Food and Drug Administration and immediately initiated a voluntary withdrawal of all products shipped from the facility.
All of the company's actions to date have been self-directed and voluntary with consumer safety being its primary concern.
"We appreciate the loyalty of our customers and regret the inconvenience this product withdrawal has caused," said Schwebel. "We have always and will always keep the general safety of our consumers at the forefront of our family business."
The products that may be affected were shipped to retail outlets, restaurants and institutions in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky.
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Test results, finalized Wednesday by an independent testing laboratory, found that the listeria discovered in the bakery poses no health threat to bakery workers or consumers.
Anyone with questions regarding the recall can call the company at 1-800-860-2867.