Listeria halts production at Schwebel’s Youngstown bakery

From staff reports

YOUNGSTOWN Schwebel Baking Company today announced production has been halted at its Youngstown bakery due to the discovery of listeria. The company has initiated an assessment of a possible product quality issue and as a precautionary measure, is voluntarily withdrawing any potentially affected products. Exactly which products may be affected were not listed in the release.

The discovery was made following a scheduled environmental assessment. Company officials further stated in the release that they have no knowledge of a direct impact to their products. Schwebel is actively working with FDA officials to determine if any further actions are required.

Channel 27 WKBN, the Morning Journals news partner, spoke to Vince Bevacqua, a Schwebel Baking Company spokesman, who said only certain strains of listeria can cause serious infections, and officials are not sure what type of strain was present at the factory.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is a bacteria which can cause serious infection and especially affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant mothers and those with weakened immune systems.

No other Schwebel bakeries are impacted by this suspension.