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Update on Chobani Yogurt Recall - FDA Investigating Consumer Illness Complaints

Chobani Recall Update

Chobani Recall Update: The US Food and Drug Administration is reviewing complaints from 89 customers who say they became sick after eating Chobani Greek yogurt. Chobani recalled 35 varieties of yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls, Idaho last week after discovery of a mold known as Mucor circinelloides.

This type of mold is common among dairy foods and is not thought to produce symptoms except in those with compromised immune systems. FDA spokeswoman Tamara Wards says that the complaints from consumers have included nausea, headache, cramps and diarrhea. No established link to the moldy yogurt has been confirmed.

Randy Worobo, a professor of food science at Cornell University says he doesn’t wish to discount the consumer complaints, but it is more likely that another food – and not the yogurt – has caused the illness. "The species they say are involved, it hasn't been linked to previous food-borne illness outbreaks. It's generally regarded as a spoilage organism," he says.

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Worobo also notes that the mucor circinelloides mold would not induce vomiting and diarrhea within hours of consumption. “That’s only with pre-formed toxins…this mold doesn’t have diarrhea toxins.”

The FDA is working closely with Chobani on the yogurt recall and collecting additional information on the consumer reports of illness. The agency will continue to keep the public updated on the yogurt recall.

Chobani has identified the source of the issue in the plant and has taken corrective action to prevent this from reoccurring.

Consumers who believe they have food-borne illness as a result of the recalled yogurt should contact their health care provider and can report their illness to Chobani at (877) 847-6181 and the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or (800) 332-1088.

References: Journal Sentinel Inc., Magic Valley.com