September 10, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received 89 reports of food poisoning linked to moldy Chobani yogurt, including reports nausea and abdominal cramps, according to FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward in The Times-News.
Last week, Chobani told grocery stores to destroy the yogurt after receiving reports of bulging, swollen products. Customers have reported products that were “unnervingly fizzy,” sour, foul-smelling, or tasted like “wine.” An official recall was not issued until September 5, after most of the product was removed from store shelves.
Chobani has defended the safety of their yogurt, and stated that the recall is “an issue of quality, not food safety.” On September 6, the company identified the mold responsible for the problem as Mucor circinelloides, which grows in industrial stirred-tank fermenters used to make yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products.
According to a statement from Chobani:
“[Mucor circinelloides] is not considered a disease-causing foodborne microorganism. This mold should not pose a health risk to most consumers. Very rarely, it can act as an opportunistic pathogen, but not through food and usually only for people with compromised immune systems through inhalation.”
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