Panera Bread

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 11:55am
CarolynM's picture
Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

pThis is a bakery/coffee shop/restaurant with locations in Pennsylvania and Ohio. They are NOT allergy-aware! I was told that their bagels are nut-free by 3 employees and in fact at least one variety has a "small amount" of walnuts. They are unwilling to change their signs on the bagels without corporate approval. Very scary./p

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2001 - 1:31pm
Yonit's picture
Joined: 06/24/2002 - 09:00

In addition to the bagel issue, I've also noted that at Panera they offer peanut butter as a bagel/sandwhich spread - I just wouldn't trust them with regard to cross-contamination.

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2001 - 3:33am
CarolynM's picture
Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

I did talk to someone from their corporate office today who was very aware of the potntial dangers with allergies. He stated that he does not feel that there is anything safe for a nut-allergic person to eat at Panera. I did stress to him the importance of accurate labeling and signs and he did say that he will work on it.

Posted on: Mon, 02/26/2001 - 3:37am
Linda-Jo's picture
Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

Thanks, CarolynM, for the heads-up on Panera Bread! I just saw that one is coming to our area in a few weeks!

Posted on: Mon, 02/26/2001 - 3:59am
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Anonymous (not verified)

Hi CarolynM, we have a Panera Bread here in Florida also. The first thing I noticed on their lunch menu was Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Panera is definitely not safe for someone allergic to peanuts.
Stay Safe.
[This message has been edited by Connie (edited February 26, 2001).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/26/2001 - 11:46am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I posted a little about this under Reactions but I wanted to mention that there is one in TN too.
[This message has been edited by NaomiR (edited February 26, 2001).]

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 1:13am
Beth's picture
Joined: 03/06/1999 - 09:00

Darn! I have a Panera coming soon near my favorite grocery store.(Largo, FL) I had hopes of buying lots of goodies there. Oh well, their loss. Thanks for the info!

Posted on: Tue, 02/27/2001 - 6:29am
Melinda's picture
Joined: 07/28/2000 - 09:00

Panera serves potato chips made with Peanut Oil.

Posted on: Wed, 02/28/2001 - 11:49am
BeckyA's picture
Joined: 08/24/2000 - 09:00

Hi, FYI... my mother went into Panera here in Michigan to check it out. It was clear to her that cross-contamination was a real risk because of the different nut-containing breads. And, to make things worse... the bread is stored on trays, on tall carts with shelves - they are open to the floor. An employee was mopping the floor at the time, slopping water and GOD KNOWS WHAT onto the bread on the lower shelves. Need any more reasons to avoid this place? YUCK!

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2001 - 6:06pm
BCouch's picture
Joined: 05/18/1999 - 09:00

We have a new Panera Bred near us in Deer Park Il. We have not eaten there yet...thanks for the heads up.

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2001 - 3:28am
CarolynM's picture
Joined: 03/27/2001 - 09:00

Here's a follow-up: I have been calling and spot-checking the employees to see if they know what is in their bagels. They do not. They have told me that there are no nuts in the bagel in question. I called back the person from the corporate office that I had talked to before. He thought it was enough that if a person questions specifically about allergies they say that it is not safe. I relentlessy stressed to him the importance of accurate knowledge of ingredients, especially when someone is asking what the ingredients are, even if they don't mention allergies. Still a scary place.



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