A suspected case of hepatitis A was discovered this week at Panera Bread’s production plant on Elm Road, according to the Trumbull County Health Department.
The plant is owned by Panera Bread’s corporation and not Covelli Enterprises.
According to the company, the employee does not have direct contact with the food. No one else has been diagnosed with hepatitis A at this time.
The plant was cleaned and sanitized since they were made aware of the incident.
Employees at the plant prepare bread and pastry doughs, which are later baked at different Panera Bread restaurants, so the company said the risk of exposure would be minimal.
The Health Department stresses that there is a low to no risk to others.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver that can be spread through contaminated food and beverages or through direct contact with an infected person, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those with hepatitis A can have symptoms including fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice that usually resolve within two months of infection. Most children less than 6 years of age do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection, according to the CDC.
The Health Department says if you are concerned, you should get vaccinated. The disease is preventable with a vaccine.
An employee at the plant says the company is paying for employees that wish to get vaccinated but says those vaccinations won’t take place until next week.