Chobani Inc. is now recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups after they were found to be contaminated with mold. This recall began in August 2013, after Chobani received numerous complaints about yogurt cups that were ‘bloated and swollen.’ Signs and symptoms of mold poisoning may include nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
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Why Was Chobani Yogurt Recalled?
On September 5, 2013, Chobani Inc. issued an official recall for Greek Yogurt Cups produced at its Twin Falls, Idaho facility. According to a company statement:
“This type of mold is common in the dairy environment, particularly when using only natural ingredients that are absent of artificial preservatives … Over the past few days, with the help of our retail partners, we proactively withdrew product from store shelves.”
Chobani Greek Yogurt Cups affected by this recall were distributed throughout the U.S. and sold at Walgreens, Target, Safeway, Costco, and other major supermarkets. Recalled products are marked with best-by dates between September 11 and October 7, as well as the code 16-012. This recall involves all flavors of yogurt in all fat contents (1%, 1.5%, 2%) and sizes (2.25 oz., 3.5 oz., 5.3 oz., 6 oz., 16 oz., and 32 oz.).
Chobani Issues Warning on Facebook Before Official Recall
Chobani Inc. first announced problems with its yogurt on Facebook on August 31, nearly a week before the official FDA recall. The Facebook page has since become a forum for customer complaints and criticism for failing to issue the recall earlier. Chobani CEO Hamid Ulukaya has insisted that it was the company’s decision to recall the yogurt, not the FDA’s. He said the problem was caused by a type of mold that is commonly found in dairy products, and that the issue has been ‘totally fixed.’ Ulukaya noted that the mold became a problem because Chobani doesn’t use preservatives in its yogurt. It is still unclear as to exactly what type of mold the yogurt was contaminated with.
What is Mold Poisoning?
Molds are a type of fungi that thrive in warm, damp, and humid conditions. Some of the most common types of mold include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Symptoms of mold poisoning may include:
- nasal stuffiness
- eye irritation
- skin irritation
- shortness of breath
- upper respiratory tract symptoms
Unfortunately, there is no precise formula to recover from mold poisoning. No single intervention will work for everyone. Treatment depends on a variety of factors – the type of mold the patient was exposed to, length of exposure, patient’s overall health, drugs used, allergies, genetics, and many other factors. The best approach is to find an experienced doctor who is well-versed in environmental medicine. Together you can devise an appropriate treatment plan, based on your own unique physiology and situation.
Chobani Yogurt Recall Update
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