On September 5, 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the company which manufacturers Chobani Yogurt, Chobani Incorporated, would be conducting a voluntary recall of some of its yogurt products which are potentially contaminated with mold.
The type of mold that is found in yogurt, Mucor circinelloides, is often found on dairy products, as well as fruits and vegetables. It can cause these foods to spoil; and, when consumed by humans, the toxins produced by the organism can cause illness.
The recall was triggered by complaints made to the FDA, of which there have been 170 made as of September 13, 2013.
The reports were registered by residents of Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
Were You Affected by the Recall?
To learn if you are effected by this recall, you should check the codes stamped on the container. The products being recalled will contain a time stamp dated somewhere between September 11 and October 13. In addition, they should have the digits 16-012 in their code number. If you purchased Chobani products with this information printed on the packaging, then you are affected by the recall.
What to Do If You Have Purchased a Recalled Product
According to Chobani, if you purchased any of the contaminated containers of yogurt, you should discard them in the trash and not eat the contents. You can then contact Chobani, either through the Chobani website (found below) or by calling (877) 847-6181 between 9 AM and 5 PM Eastern Time, to receive either a replacement or a refund.
What If You’ve Already Eaten the Yogurt?
According to Tamara Ward, a spokesperson for the FDA, the type of mold that was found in Chobani’s recalled yogurt is generally not a significant health concern, except in people with compromised immune systems. Also, it would need to be inhaled by these people, rather than eaten, to cause serious health issues.
Most people with normal, healthy immune systems will either not experience any symptoms or they may experience some temporary gastrointestinal symptoms such as cramping, diarrhea and nausea.
If you have symptoms which continue for more than a day or you have any type of disease or illness which weakens the immune system and you should consult with a healthcare professional.
What If You See Mold on Other Yogurt Products?
The type of mold that grows on yogurt typically is white, beige or gray in color with a fuzzy appearance. If you see any signs of mold growth in any yogurt always stop eating it immediately and throw away the entire container. Do not try to eat the parts that look “good.” The thread-like roots of the mold have probably penetrated deep into the yogurt. In addition, there may also be harmful bacteria that have contaminated the yogurt.
If you experience problems with other yogurts, or any other product that the FDA regulates, you can report them through the FDA website.
You can also check the FDA website to find recall information about Chobani Yogurt or any other product regulated by the FDA.
Written by: Nancy Schimelpfening