Schwebel’s: Bacteria found at factory not harmful

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Listeria was found Tuesday during routine testing inside the Schwebel Bakery in Youngstown, halting production and delivery of certain types of bread.

But on Wednesday, there was some good news for the company and consumers when an independent laboratory confirmed that the species of bacteria found at the Midlothian Boulevard facility is not the type that poses a risk to public health.

Still, production and shipments at the Youngstown site were shut down again all day Wednesday.

On Tuesday, FDA officials were inside the plant checking things out and workers pulled all products made in Youngstown from store shelves around the area. The company took these precautions, because it wasn’t sure what kind of listeria it was dealing with.

This is part of the statement released Wednesday by Schwebel Baking Company President, Paul Schwebel:

“An Independent, certified lab confirmed that the species of Listeria found is not the species that poses a risk to public health. Full production at the Youngstown facility is expected to resume within 24 hours. We remain focused on consumer safety.”

Schwebel continues, saying: “We appreciate the loyalty of our customers and regret the inconvenience this product withdrawal has caused. We have always, and will always keep the general safety of our consumers at the forefront of our family business.”

A company spokesperson said they still want customers to return bread products with the code starting with the letter “A.” Consumers can find that code above the “best buy” date on the package.

That is consistent with the announcement made earlier this week and they don’t want to confuse anyone. Customers can take the bread back to the store where they bought it for a full refund.

The spokesperson said he has no idea how many refunds have been given.

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