September 17, 2013 — Following a massive Chobani yogurt recall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 223 reports of food poisoning. They also inspected a facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, but issued no warning letters, according to NBC News.
The FDA has been investigating Chobani’s handling of the mold problem and recall. Chobani quietly asked stores to take the product off shelves and announced the issue on August 31. However, they resisted calling the withdrawal a recall until September 5.
When the FDA inspects food manufacturing facilities, they typically issue a “483 letter” to report observations of violations of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). If the inspectors found less serious violations, they may have discussed the problems with the firm’s management.
Chobani detected Mucor circinelloides in cups of yogurt that appeared bloated, swollen, and fizzy. Customers who ate the products have reported suffering from nausea, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Chobani stated that food poisoning is unlikely from eating the yogurt, and the products were recalled due to an “issue of quality, not food safety.”
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