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Schwebel takes precaution, withdraws products
ongoing testing reveals potential problem
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Schwebel Bakery has pulled some products from area grocery shelves. The company says one of its production testing programs picked up evidence of a possible bacterial contamination at its Youngstown plant.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

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Listeria is the concern
It’s a bacterium found commonly in nature--especially in soil and on plants--that in some forms can cause illness in people.  

Action in response
In a written statement the company said it withdrew products this week that were delivered from its Youngstown location; and alerted both U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state authorities.  Ashley McDonald is with the Ohio Department of Agriculture:“They have halted production to do a full cleaning of the plant.  And when they open up and what further action they take will be worked out with the FDA.  But at this point we don’t have any evidence that consumers or the product s have been impacted.  They ‘re taking this action as a precautionary measure.”

The FDA
is testing the bacteria sample from Youngstown to see if it is Listeria, and in particular if it is Listeria Monocytogenes which can potentially be deadly to humans with weak or compromised immune systems.

The company suggests
If you bought Schwebel baked goods in recent days and wonder if they were part of the withdrawn production, check the “best by” date.  If the listing starts with the letter “A” return the product to the store, or discard it.  

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