September 10, 2013 — U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokeswoman Tamara Ward has reported in The Times-News that 89 reports of food poisoning have been linked to moldy Chobani yogurt that was recalled last week. People have reported nausea and abdominal cramps after eating the products.
Customers have reported that the yogurt containers were bloated, swelling, “unnervingly fizzy,” foul-smelling, sour, or tasted like “wine.” Chobani independently contacted grocery stores and asked them to destroy the products. They publicly announced the problem on August 31 and issued an official recall on September 5.
The company has stated that the problem is “an issue of quality, not food safety.” They identified the mold as Mucor circinelloides, which is common in the dairy environment because it grows in industrial stirred-tank fermenters that are used to make yogurt and cheese.
Chobani issued this statement on the risk of food poisoning:
“[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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