FDA Receives 89 Reports of Illness from Chobani Yogurt

2013-09-10T08:00:00Z FDA Receives 89 Reports of Illness from Chobani YogurtBy Joe Cadotte - jcadotte@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News
September 10, 2013 8:00 am  • 

TWIN FALLS • At least 89 people have gotten sick from eating Chobani yogurt, which is under a voluntary recall, the FDA reported Monday.

Some have described nausea and cramps after eating the yogurt, said spokeswoman Tamara Ward of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

No cases have been confirmed.

The FDA is not investigating Chobani but is working with the company to hasten the recall, Ward said.

The yogurt giant sent orders to grocery stores throughout the U.S. last week to destroy 35 varieties of yogurt reported to have been contaminated by a mold associated with dairy, fruits and vegetables.

Last Thursday, Juaristi said 95 percent of the tainted product had been destroyed.

The affected yogurt cups have the code 16-012 and expiration dates Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.

Public health officials said the moldy yogurt was not a public health threat, but a statement by the company last week read: “The mold can act as an opportunistic pathogen for those with compromised immune systems.”

In an email late Monday afternoon, Chobani said: “We identified the source of the issue in the plant, and have taken corrective action designed to prevent this from happening again,” said Amy Juaristi in an email, company spokeswoman.”

The company has failed to release specifics about where and how the outbreak occurred in its Twin Falls plant or how the problem would be remedied to ensure it does not recur.

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  1. mslisunshine
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    mslisunshine - December 01, 2013 12:53 pm
    It is clearly apparent bachcole may be an employee of Chobani. However, I not only consumed the Chobani in question and was sick (not just a tummy ache) but alerted the store where it was purchased and the FDA contact and were either ignored or brushed aside even when consumer where purchasing the recalled product in question. It would be a coincidence except I now realize I had the same illness from Chobani earlier. I believe this moldy yogurt was being sold and making people sick prior to this summer. BTW I am a healthy young person who RARELY gets sick and takes care of themselve so what now? We will see where bachcole will be when the scandal hits the fan..
  2. bachcole
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    bachcole - September 12, 2013 4:48 pm
    "legit medical conditions" are mostly the fault of people who worship at the Alter of Modern Medicine. There is plenty of information online about how to avoid 90% for the most part cancer and other degenerative diseases. But, instead, the medical sycophants would rather have MDs do all of their thinking, the same MDs who said that smoking was good for you in the 1950's, the same MDs who said that exercise was bad for you in the 1960's, the same MDs who said that antioxidants were bunk in the 1980's, the very same MDs who are ALWAYS about 40 years behind their own reductionistic medical research. And this doesn't count the good information from holistic sources. There are NO legit medical conditions; there are only sick people, most of whom not only forgot to take responsibility for their health but also ridiculed those who did take responsibility for their health.

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  3. Akendall86
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    Akendall86 - September 12, 2013 10:56 am
    you are freakin crazy! you dont get sick from being a weakling. Some people have legit medical conditions and are weak and sick, does that mean they made themselves sick and are weak?? What about people who have cancer. You sound very crazy it saddens me that there really are true crazy hateful people in our community.
  4. bachcole
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    bachcole - September 11, 2013 2:24 pm
    branderson, I don't doubt what you say for a second. But your implied interpretation of what you experienced may be flawed. First, you could be right about the yogurt upsetting your tummy, and an upset tummy is dreadful, so you have my sympathy. But the part about the package expanding, that is to be expected with any pro-biotic food. It means nothing. I have been making yogurt and then kefir for about 20 years, so I know what I am talking about. MOST germs are beneficial. By DNA and cell count, you are 90% germs. Without those germs your life expectancy would be about a week. I suggest you try another yogurt, preferably a brand by people who hold your health to be their number one concern. Try a natural food store.
  5. branderson
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    branderson - September 11, 2013 10:51 am
    I ate some of this last week, had a bad tummy and wondered if it was the yogurt. I threw the rest of it away earlier this week because though it had not reached the expiration date but had swollen to the point it looked like it would explode if it were bumped. Even the bottom of the plastic container rounded out to the point the container looked like a ball.
  6. bgrnathan
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    bgrnathan - September 11, 2013 8:38 am
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  7. bachcole
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    bachcole - September 10, 2013 6:50 pm
    They made themselves sick by having weak immune systems. I had two helpings of Chobani yogurt just today, and I feel fine. It is not everyone else's fault or Chobani's fault because some people allow themselves to become weaklings. If 40 year old is too weak to make that first step on to the bus, does that mean that the bus company has to make their buses run closer to the ground. Being a weakling is not a virtue.

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