YOUNGSTOWN - The Schwebel Baking Company announced Tuesday it has stopped production at its Youngstown bakery and has begun the recall process after a strain of bacteria was discovered, according to a press release.
The company reportedly discovered Listeria during a scheduled environmental assessment of its Midlothian Avenue plant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious infection and especially affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant mothers and those with weakened immune systems.
"Although 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," said Paul Schwebel, company president, in a news release.
Schwebel said the possible problem was discovered during routine environmental testing at its Youngstown bakery. As a result, the release said, the company immediately halted production at that bakery and alerted the Food and Drug Administration of the potential problem. The company also placed all product prepared for shipment on hold.
None of Schwebel's other bakeries are affected.
Potentially affected products were shipped directly to retail stores, restaurants and other institutions in Ohio, as well as Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky.
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. 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.
Schwebel said if consumers have any questions concerning the potentially impacted products, they can contact the company directly at 1-800-860-2867. Consumers may also visit Schwebel's website at Schwebels.com for more information.